Orthotic insoles emerged after WWII as a treatment for lower limb biomechanical diseases. Orthotic insoles became a popular treatment due to its easy accessibility and a wide range of applications. For example, at present, around 9.4% of the American population, which equates to 30.3 million Americans, have diabetes. Meanwhile, over 70% of Americans suffer from overpronation. Such a high percentage of Americans suffering from diabetes and overpronation results in many people needing orthotic insole treatment.
For over 70 years, the orthotic insole fabrication process relied heavily on manual labor and CNC machining. This heavy reliance on both these methods resulted in high costs and considerable production lead times, while battling the constant risk of variance in its production precision. However, with the adoption of 3D printing, the orthotic insole fabrication process is changing within the manufacturing sector.
Raise3D is collaborating with an innovative hospital to incorporate specialized FFF 3D printing into the production of orthotic insoles. By combining desktop 3D printer with ideaMaker, 3D slicing software, the insoles retain their high performance while remaining cost-effective.