3D printing to make ski boots more comfortable

Skiers who rent their boots are in for a more comfortable experience in the future, after a firm announced plans for an app that will allow people to create 3D-printed insoles.

New Scientist reports that British start-up ALPrint’s app will enable customers to take pictures at home, which are then used to determine the dimensions of their feet. These are then matched by an algorithm to a database of foot profiles that tell the 3D printer what shape to make the insoles. The finished moulds are then sent out by post.

‘If you can’t afford £500 for a new pair [of boots] then you can go into any rental shop, put your own insole in and still get an increased degree of comfort,’ commented Chris Balmer of Heriot-Watt University, one of ALPrint’s founders. ALPrint will charge around £25 for its service. … (Read more)

Source: Opodo.uk

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