….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!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.