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HP’s FitStation platform uses 3D scanning & printing to make perfect shoe and insole

Written by David

February 1, 2019

In 2017, HP launched the FitStation platform that uses 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to create custom insoles. They’ve recently expanded the platform to more stores and the FitStation is now used by all 32 NFL teams to make customized footwear for each athlete. The platform is equipped with four FDA Class One lasers for 3D scanning as well as a gait pattern capture mat with 8,192 sensors that capture 500 data points per second. The data is used to recommend the ideal shoe and to model a custom insole for 3D printing on a multi-material HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D printer. The insoles have varying densities throughout their shape, providing flexibility closer to joints and more stiffness for areas that need more support. The NFL adopted the technology to increase the safety factor for players. A 300-pound linebacker puts a tremendous amount of pressure on just […]

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