In production: 3D printed insole at AM-summit
We look back at AM Summit in Copenhagen earlier in 2022, where we presented our take on how 3D printing technology is an alternative manufacturing method beyond rapid prototyping. Together with the CEO of GeBioM, Marcel Domenghino, our founder and CTO, Jeremie Gay, approached the stage to present our joint business case.
Additive manufacturing in orthopedics is maturing and is increasingly adopted as an alternative to traditional manufacturing. We came to AM-Summit to show why and how to disrupt an industry by replacing subtractive manufacturing with additive. It started with a partnership with GeBioM, and the results speak for themselves. We currently have over 100 CUBIX insole solutions in or on their way to orthopedics stores in Europe alone.
Let us take you to the beginning of the adventure with GeBioM and Create it REAL.
It all started with GeBioM, specializing in biomechanics and orthopedics for more than 20 years as a machinery supplier for the traditional crafting of insoles. They knew the industry well and realized it might be time to explore alternative production methods—traditional crafting faced several problems which implied substantial challenges. First, up to 90% of the material is pure waste; the production is dirty and dusty for labor, and the industry faces a lack of skilled labor.
Secondly, the need for a customized insole is increasing; here, the diabetic foot is an excellent example of how important it is to get the correct pressure distribution on foot.
It is a story about a partnership
GeBioM comes with domain knowledge, and Create it REAL with technical expertise. How do we combine this and transform it into a business case where making insoles out of melting TPU (thermoplastics) filament removes the waste? This paved the way for directly installing a 3D printing service in orthopedic stores and local clinics. The stage is set. Spend 15 minutes watching the video and learn how a close partnership elevates a business case from 80% to 100%.