Those who have diabetes are at a much higher risk for a number of problems including with their feet, so these shoe inserts are created using a customized method to ensure optimal foot health.
Being developed through the LAUF project (laser-assisted construction of customized footwear), the shoe insoles are created by scanning the foot of a patient and identifying where less or more support is required. The data is then used by a 3D printer to melt thermoplastic polyurethane powder to create the insoles a single layer at a time. This process allows the rigidity of the shoe inserts to be customized to be softer or harder, depending on need or preference of the patient. The technology is purported to likely be ready for commercial use within the next two years.
These 3D-Printed Shoe Inserts are Created Using 3D Scans of the Foot
1. Customized 3d-printed Insoles - Opportunity for personalized foot support and comfort through 3D printing technology.
2. Medical 3D Scanning - Innovative solution for accurately capturing foot data to create specialized 3D-printed insoles.
3. Laser-assisted Footwear Construction - Disruptive innovation in the footwear industry through the use of laser technology to create customized insoles.
1. Healthcare - Application of 3D printing in diabetic care to improve foot health and prevent complications.
2. Orthopedics - Integration of 3D scanning and printing technologies for the development of customized orthopedic solutions.
3. Fashion and Footwear - Adoption of laser-assisted construction techniques to create personalized shoe inserts with enhanced comfort and support.