….What I aim to show within the next few articles is how anyone without any qualifications, experience or knowledge in the podiatry field (that’s me) can produce comfortable insoles using a completely free open source tool chain. There have been many 3D printed insoles before, certainly the more expensive multi-material printers have been showing off their exploits for a while now, however with this new democratised power of the maker movement, I would like to show and share some new found skills.
…It can be assumed that I have produced all of my prints with Filaflex, the softest and most elastic material for FDM printers. If anyone wants an FDM printer recommendation for printing shoes/insoles then look no further than the Lewihe Sneaker printer, tested at 120mm/s printing of Filaflex and with a large build volume for shoes.
…It’s hard to say where this is going to go. There are many thousands of diabetic sufferers that have foot amputations due to ulceration, in far too many cases this is caused by ill fitting shoes and is preventable. This could provide a quick, low cost, and comfortable solution. What about a scanner and printer in every high street shoe shop or podiatrist clinic/medical centre, that would be a start.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!