Polyurethane makes 3D printed orthopedic insoles strong and flexible at the same time
Orthopedic insoles are individualized soles that help people enjoy more comfort. They are often made by hand from a foam that is less breathable than a printed structure. Addigy® offers different solutions to print fully customized insoles from a digital foot scan in an automated process. The result is an affordable and made-to-measure insole that almost eliminates waste in the production process while having a lower carbon footprint. Equally importantly, the insole offers the mechanical strength to support lots of walking while at the same time being soft and comfortable.
“The field of 3D printing offers totally new perspectives for entire industries. Orthopedic insoles are just one fascinating example of what is and will be possible when it comes to more sustainable mass production.”
Why Addigy® was the right solution for the orthopedic insole
- Flexible: Addigy® makes the orthopedic insole flexible and comfortable to wear.
- Mechanically strong: Addigy® is strong enough to carry the weight of an adult.
- Adjustable: Liquid polyurethane can be adjusted to the desired properties ranging from harder to softer spots.
- Breathable: The printed structure makes the surface breathable.
- More sustainable The insole is printed from TPU consisting of a CO2 polyether as polyol component – reducing the carbon footprint of this product.