- January 18th, 2016
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Base Insoles 3D Printed By Wiivv To Fit Each Wearer Perfectly
One of the recently started campaigns on Kickstarter deals with Base – 3D printed insoles that are made for you only and perfectly fit your body. They have been created to provide the wearers with maximum comfort and to reduce fatigue. The insoles follow each foot curve and ensure maximum comfort for you when walking or running.
It is very easy to get Base insoles. All you need is a smartphone and 5 minutes. You take 2D images using the Wiivv app on your smartphone to capture every single unique feature of your feet. Note that at present the app is available for iPhone and iPod only. The apps for iPad and Android will have been developed by summer 2016. An expert will verify the images and then reprocess them into a 3D printable file of insoles. In the app there is an option to choose between designs, colours and top sheets. Afterwards the file will be sent SLS 3D printer (a kind of printers that use a system of accurate lasers).
When the insoles are ready, they will be designed and some features like cushions and silicone threads will be added. And here you are, your personal customized insoles are ready and you don’t have to consult any other specialists. Each pair of Base insoles costs $75. At this price you will get a pair of insoles, a user’s guide and a ball for massaging the arc muscles. Once you get them, put the insoles onto the soles that are already inside the shoes and place them closer to the heel area.
The insoles have undergone several tests. During the past 12 months the company has been trying to connect additive manufacturing and production of ready-to-wear insoles. They have managed with it thanks to having Ben Wynne (the former 3D technologist from HP Labs) as CTO. The results show that using them reduces joint loading in hips and knees, thus the risk of injuries is reduced. Such a specific feature as a heel cup provides the required stability and comfort. The heel cup has a hole that reduces heel raise. This is the key feature of these insoles.
Base is what connects off-the-shelf and corrective orthotic insoles: corrective orthotics are customized, but many find them too costly, whereas off-the-shelf ones cost considerably lower, but do not always fit perfectly.
The aim of this campaign on Kickstarter is to raise $250,000.If they manage to get this sum, the company promises to provide all the supporters with a 25% discount for a second pair (each will be given a special promocode, which has to be entered in the app).