One of the things that makes the most sense to use 3D printing to manufacture is shoes. Since 3D-printed designs can be tailored to the user’s specific needs, making the phrase “if the shoe fits” possible becomes quite easy using that method. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of 3D-printed shoe companies that are ready for the mass market.
One that is, however, is a company called Wiivv (pronounced “weave”). The company provides a home scanning process so you can custom order 3D printed insoles right from your mobile phone—all you’ll need to do is send a few pictures of your feet via smartphone. Wiivv employs SLS 3D printing techniques for their insoles, focusing on even impact distribution over the foot’s natural shape. The company hopes to be able to improve motion control and lessen foot fatigue with their custom insoles—ill-fitting shoes can augment the physical damage done to our feet.
In addition to the customized fit, users have four base color and eight top sheet color option, and the insoles can be specialized for casual, dress, or athletic shoes. Check them out in the video below!