What’s the next “step” in 3D Printing? You don’t have to be a 3D Printing fanatic to see that tailored 3D printed products have become more common as the cost has diminished and the software has advanced. This environment has enabled our latest endeavor, RSPrint, which we founded together with RSscan (RS stands for Runner Service). Together, some of us at Materialise have worked with Jempi Wilssens, founder of RSscan, and his colleagues to develop 3D printed insoles, based on dynamic measurement footscans and customized to support your distinct gait.
As a product designer, this has been a great project to work on so far. Working on a product that the consumer directly interacts with on a daily basis is a designer’s dream. These 3D printed insoles are something that will make an important difference in the wearer’s everyday life, and was developed to feel so natural that they may not even notice it’s there. The long term-influence this has on a person will improve their wellbeing with every step they take, making it a truly rewarding project to work on.
How does it work?
Why 3D Printing?
So what is the value of 3D Printing for this insole? Sure, there are insoles that are customized based on the shape of your foot, but what makes the RSPrint insole unique is that it uses information based on your distinct gait. We then 3D print part of the support so that it is truly customized according to your movement and where you apply pressure when you walk, supporting you in your every step. At Materialise we use a barometer to assess whether production through Additive Manufacturing could be beneficial. A couple of years back, the insole’s size and shape complexity would have been hard to manufacture on a large scale, but now the time is perfect for these insoles. Don’t forget to check out RSPrint’s website!