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Blazing Trails in Personalized Medicine with 3D Printed Orthotics

Since its origin, 3D printing has largely been used for prototyping by various design and maker communities. But as prices drop and new technologies develop, examples of meaningful production-uses have emerged, particularly in the field of medicine. Today, we’re witnessing a tipping point – where novel 3D printing platforms are delivering legitimate final goods, while fulfilling the promise of personalized medicine.

In the following, we highlight Wiivv, a Vancouver-based startup dedicated to creating custom 3D-printed insoles for patients suffering from plantar fasciitis pain, joint discomfort and general foot fatigue. By using Wiivv’s simple, at-home customization process, patients can create a unique insole designed for arch support, improved foot alignment and step enhancement. Read on as we explain how the company combines a mobile application with the latest in 3D printing to offer a customized product at mass scale.

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Step 1: To begin the at-home process, all you need is the Wiivv mobile app, an 8.5×11 piece of blank white paper and your bare feet.

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Step 2: Place both the piece of paper and your foot on the floor, up against the wall. Make sure the edge of your heel and all of your toes are included in the camera frame. Once you are in position, you are ready to snap your first set of photos.

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Step 3: Next, it’s time to capture photos of your arch. Place your phone against the wall and stand parallel to the screen.

Step 4: After gathering your second set of photos, take a still photo of the room; this helps Wiivv better understand where your foot is positioned in the photos.

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Step 5: Customize your Wiivv insoles by choosing from a selection of colors and patterns.

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In just seven days, custom-fit insoles are delivered right to your doorstep.

Interested in learning more about other innovations in personalized medicine? Check out our article highlighting trends and predictions from Exponential Medicine 2016.

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