Materialise, through a partnership with RSPrint, has entered into an agreement with HP to scale an end-to-end 3D solution to design and manufacture fully customised 3D-printed insoles. FitStation powered by HP will integrate the Materialise software for 3D design automation, print preparation and production management.
FitStation powered by HP is a platform that delivers custom-fitted and individualised footwear through innovative 3D scanning, dynamic gait analysis and manufacturing technologies. It provides individual off-the-shelf shoe and insole recommendations, 3D-printed insoles and individualised custom footwear. The Materialise software suite manages and automates the print preparation and production process of the insoles, allowing manufacturers to scale their 3D printing business with efficiency and reliability. This makes it possible and cost-effective to mass manufacture entirely individualised products. As a complementary manufacturing technology 3D Printing allows for fundamental design optimisations and functional improvements, such as lighter designs, that are impossible to create with standard manufacturing technologies.