Customized 3D-printed insoles just the start for Vancouver company
A Vancouver company that created custom 3D printed insoles has more than doubled its crowdfunding target of $50,000, with 15 days left for the Kickstarter event. Founded in 2014, Wiivv is based in Vancouver, R & D and manufacturing in San Diego and is the creator of a 3D printed insole tailored for individuals based on data captured by smartphones. Wiivv launched the Kickstarter campaign in January. $118,163, more than double the initial $50,000 target, has nearly 1,600 supporters. Early backers paid $50 for custom insoles, scheduled for delivery in April. Jen Riley, the company\'s marketing director, said the price of the insole would be $95 after the Kickstarter event. The start- Louis by entrepreneur- Victor Jadavji, 22, and Shamil Hargovan, 27, met at the 3D Printing Conference. At the time, Jadavji had a commercial 3D printing custom car parts and Hargovan was working for HewlettPackard Co. Jadavji has recently been listed on the list of 30 under the age of 30 in Forbes Canada. While their first release was insoles, the company plans to make announcements within a few months to expand the market for wearable devices. \"We define ourselves as a bionic company -- A company that gathers together to create the bodyperfect gear — Tailor it to your body, \"says Riley. \"3D printing gives us the ability to customize on a large scale. \"The key to the company\'s production is its custom engine, which can take 2D images and make them into 3D printable files. \"The custom engine was built in our studio here,\" said Riley . \". \"Many Canadian talents make this possible. \"Compared to custom correction, this process allows to create custom insoles at a faster and lower price, and custom correction typically costs $200 or more. In order to print the custom insole, customers use the Wiivv app, which is available for iphone, ipad and Android devices and will be released this summer. They follow the video instructions for taking two photos per foot, and the custom engine uses this data to create a 3D print file for a custom insole. Riley said it expects the Kickstarter order to be completed by April and the company will be ready to launch the next product. \"At this point, we will be able to focus on getting into categories that are more of a popular consumer interest,\" she said . \". The company announced it had raised $3. 5 million seed funds in last December. It has 25 employees and 16 employees in Vancouver. vancouversun.