Phits Insoles, a range of custom 3D printed footwear launched by 3D printing giant Materialise and RS scan are designed to help athletes recover from their injuries. Runners Service Lab, an associate of RS scan explains that these 3D printed insoles were used by twelve athletes during Rio Olympics. Established in 1980, Belgian footwear retailer Runners Service Lab has been assisting athletes in finding the perfect footwear that maximizes performance and reduces injury risk for more than four decades now. Following the increasing prevalence of 3D printing technology in various verticals, the footwear specialists have come with these innovative orthotics which are definitely a step ahead in 3D printing technology.
3D Printed Insoles Becoming a Preferred Choice of Athletes
Most of the major footwear brands including Nike, New Balance, Armor and Adidas have also started working on 3D printed running shoes, looking at the benefits this technology has to offer. However, the experts at Runners Service Lab have been the pioneers in utilizing this revolutionary technology in the field of sports. Phits Insoles have been worn by renowned athletes like Paula Radcliffe, the British marathon runner. Owing to the comfort and grip offered by these insoles, they are most likely to become a staple footwear item for sportspeople.
The women’s world record holder in marathon credits the 3D printed orthotics for helping her recover from her injury. Taking inspiration from her case, Koen Wilssens, CEO of Runners Service Lab, commented that “a shoe can give the right support, especially if you can recommend the right shoe. Yet you find that with certain injuries, additional support—and above all, custom-made support—is needed.”
How are Phits Insoles Designed?
Retailers across the globe are now offering Phits Insoles but the flagship ownership remains with Runners Service Lab. The company custom-designs shoes based on a running or walking analysis on their 2-meter footscan plate so that players can practice without the fear of injuries. The lightweight structure and intricate internal geometry along with personalized advice based on every athlete’s specific needs is what makes these 3D printed insoles outsmart the regular ones.
Philippe Vermaelen, Senior Consultant at Runners Service Lab, asserts that creating customized insoles would have been impossible without 3D printing technology as this is the only technique that allows printing accurately within a tenth of a millimeter. The dynamic quality along with ability to adjust movement helps create orthotics which are way more efficient than the traditional ones. There is a lot of positivity regarding the 3D printed Phits Insoles as these are expected to last twice as long as regular insoles.