One of the key benefits of 3D printing is the ability to replace current manufacturing methods and solve problems of everyday life through simplification with additive manufacturing.
Orthopaedic company, SOLS Systems, has done just that and this month rolled out its signature product, SOLS, across the US. Sols are tailor made insoles that are specifically manufactured using 3D printing to cater to the needs of the individual taking into consideration their weight, activity level and medical needs.
SOLS technology has revolutionised prescription tailor-made insoles with 3D printed insoles produced in a single piece of industrial-grade nylon. The product can be adapted to suit the needs of the wearer to fit not just physical requirements but also the individual’s personality with a range of styles to choose from.
A community of podiatrists and SOLS-certified physicians has been put into place offering patients local options across the US for where they can make use of the service. The process is so simple in fact, that doctors can register to become certified providers of SOLS without a huge need for knowledge of 3D design.
The method is quite straightforward. Patients can search for a nearby provider and have their feet scanned by a certified physician using the SOLS iPad app. Measurements are taken so that the customer gets a product that is an exact fit for their personal requirements and then a range of colours ad styles can be chosen to personalise the product even further.
3D printing has proved to be a huge advantage for the health industry with the demand for tailored products being fulfilled with the accuracy and precision the technology offers. SOLS product shows just how 3D printing is answering the simplest of questions and improving the we treat those everyday issues.