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While working for Shapeways Inc., a 3D printing marketplace company, Kegan Schouwenburg spent most of her time thinking about 3D printing technology. One day while walking many miles across the factory floor, she decided that 3d printed orthotics could help millions of people.
Schouwenburg says that many people shy away from orthics because they are seen as sweaty, smelly, and something that goes in your shoe. To make matters worse, most believe them to be either expensive and hard to get ahold of or cheaply made disposable products that aren't worth the investment. Schouwenburg went on to start up Sols Systems Inc. with the help of investor Zack Schildhorn of Lux Capital in hopes of changing the way people look at orthotics.
She designed cutting edge technology that has culminated in the creation of an app that lets people take videos of their feet. The company then runs algorithms through the videos, pulls out data points, then creates a model of each person's foot. From there, the custom build orthics using 3D printers.
Ms. Schouwenburg has big plans for her new company. She has finished trials with fifteen podiatrists in the New York area and wants to expand into other metro areas this year. She intends to double her current work force of eight employees in 2014 while introducing orthotics designed specifically for women's high heel shoes and hopefully partnering with e-commerce sites.
She plans to make her orthotics stand out as fashionable, giving people color choices and the option to have their name inscribed on the unit. Future designs include wrist and knee braces as well as helmets and many other customized pieces.