Paula Radcliffe’s Comeback on 3D-Printed Insoles

Worcester City, UK – September 21, 2014. In her first race since 2 years, world-record-holder Paula Radcliffe made a comeback today with a strong run at the Worcester City 10k race. Supporting her every move, RS Print’s 3D-printed insoles, designed based on her dynamic gait analysis, helped her cross the finish line in 35 minutes and 49 seconds. Paula’s 10k race is part of her training to reach the London Marathon in April 2015 and RS Print is there with her every step of the way.

Two world players in their markets, RS Scan for dynamic gait analysis and Materialise for 3D printing, have joined forces to create the newly-founded RS Print. Paula Radcliffe and RS Scan have been working together for years to push the boundaries of modern athletics footwear. After almost two decades of world class athletics, she knows better than anyone, that using the latest technology, makes a difference. Paula choose RS Print’s insole to support her foot because of 3D printing’s ability to create an insole that is truly customized to support each runner’s unique running style.



According to Paula, “Whether your goal is to break the marathon world record or to run in the annual 5k race in your street with some friends, having a footscan® analysis is just a responsible thing to do to prevent possible problems. It’s truly amazing what the guys at RS Scan can see on my footscan® gait analysis and RS Print’s 3D-printed insoles work to fit my personal running style.”

 “I use the insoles in training to prevent over-stressing my body during workouts,” Paula continues. “Since my injury, I am now more cautious than ever to make sure my feet are well taken care of so that I can reach my new running goals of the London Marathon.  Without the support of RS Scan and the insoles I would not have been able to recover back to this point post operation and also probably not be able to continue my career as long as I did on my foot!”

The 3D-printed insoles are made through a set process. First a trained specialist will take a dynamic scan of your gait using RS Scans’s footscan© system. The specialist can then analyze your footprint to see where exactly and in which direction you need extra support. Based on the specialist’s analysis and input, a design is generated, which is sent to RS Print. RS Print then “engineers” this design into a thin, lightweight and dynamic insole, which is then 3D printed. Finally, a cushioning layer is mounted on top to add extra comfort.


RS Print is opening up the technology for everyone. You can already get your very own 3D-printed insoles at the RS Lab stores in Belgium (www.rslab.eu/stores). RS Print’s insoles will be available in other select European regions this fall, so keep an eye on www.rsprint.com to find out when RS Print is coming to a place near you.

To learn more about RS Print please visit and register at www.rsprint.com

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