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Retraction Footwear Is the Sustainable Manufacturing Business of the Future

Retraction Footwear offers a new way of buying flip-flops that are made to suit each customer. But the company also represents a new way of thinking about production, in a circular economy loop that encompasses material, design, manufacturing, product and end-of-life.

Parametric Design and 3D Printing Deliver Custom, Sustainably Manufactured Furniture

Model No. operates at the intersection of technology and design. Its custom furniture is made on demand through a combination of proprietary large-format 3D printers, sustainable materials and a sleek online storefront.

Additive Manufacturing Will Aid And Accelerate The Circular Economy

A circular economy links material, design, manufacturing, product and end-of-life in a continuous, sustainable loop. This special report illustrates the roles for 3D printing every step of the way.

Shoe Manufacturing at Flowbuilt Is Reshored and Reimagined

The shoe store of the future is more like a digitized tailor’s shop than a warehouse. Flowbuilt Manufacturing is the flexible contract manufacturer that can serve this vision, using both 3D printing and injection molding.

The Future of Jewelry Manufacturing Is Custom, On Demand and Perfectly Sized

The Melvin sisters launched their startup, The Future of Jewelry, when they couldn’t find matching signet rings. Now, customers can design exactly the ring they want, to be produced affordably through 3D printing and/or lost wax casting.

From Idea to PPE Product in 10 Days: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

Fitz Frames' custom 3D printed glasses have turned out to be a launch point for an item of personal protective equipment (PPE) used in the fight against COVID-19.

The Foot Measurement System That Allows for Mass Customized Insoles

Aetrex’s Albert scanner is an example of how advances in measurement technology aid 3D printing in realizing its promise.

These 3D Printed Glasses Are Designed to “Solve” Kids’ Eyewear

Glasses work, but both the product and purchase experience could be made better. Fitz Frames aims to help, with custom glasses featuring 3D printed frames manufactured in Youngstown, Ohio. 

Additive Manufacturing and Measurement Interconnect — Each Enables the Other to Advance

Measurement aids AM and AM aids measurement. Recently posted articles describe how sensing and measurement make AM more capable, while AM delivers devices that are smarter because of sensing.

3D Printed Custom Glasses: The Cool Parts Show S2E2

Fitz Frames has reimagined glasses, from the frames to the ordering process. See how the company manufactures glasses customized to every face in this episode of The Cool Parts Show

HP Collaborates with Superfeet, New Balance on 3D Printed Insoles

HP has unveiled a collaboration with Superfeet and New Balance to produce individually customized 3D-printed insoles for consumers.

Essentium, Vorum Partner to Deliver Additive Orthotics & Prosthetics Solution

Essentium and Vorum have partnered to deliver Essentium + Vorum, a 3D print solution for the orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) customers that will aid in the production of mass-customized O&P devices at speed and scale.

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