The story starts with the search of RSScan International for a way of improving the insoles they developed: ease of use, translating accurate analysis data into the design, automation of the design and production processes, all of these needed to fit into one integrated solution. Experiments with regular 3D printers were unsuccessful: too slow, not durable and not accurate enough. Meeting with Materialise provided the solution. Using the state of the art production methods developed by Materialise, so-called Mass Customization is possible: producing completely personalized objects on a large scale became possible using Selective Laser Sintering.
At the same time, a team of biomechanics, medics, engineers and software developers were developing the design of the insoles and the functionality of the software. The joint venture RS Print saw the light of day in April 2014.
The development of 3D printed insoles is a first peak, but at the same time it’s only the beginning of a revolution in footwear and orthopedics, a field where 3D printing offers limitless possibilities in the mass production of completely personalized products, and can enable a shift towards analysis and patient care.