Wiivv Wearables Inc.—the Vancouver and San Diego-based bionics company creating 3D printed custom footwear—has broken the record as the most funded 3D Printed Product on Kickstarter with the Wiivv Custom Fit Sandals.
With ten days left in the campaign, Wiivv’s Custom Fit Sandal has surpassed its $250,000 goal on Kickstarter. This overtakes the record set by the company last year with the Wiivv Custom Fit 3D Printed Insole. Upon achievement of its $600,000 Stretch Goal, Wiivv has promised to deliver the sandal with premium leather footbeds and a wider range of leather straps.
“Hitting our goal tells me that customers want custom products. We set out to prove that they want this new category of footwear and clearly they do. This is the second time we’ve gone to Kickstarter and set the record for the most-funded 3D printed product. This backing, plus our 15,000-plus Custom Fit 3D Printed Insole customers, proves this market is here to stay.” — Shamil Hargovan, CEO & Co-Founder of Wiivv and Forbes’ 30 Under 30 recipient
Wiivv’s success on Kickstarter comes as Adidas announces its partnership with Carbon, a hardware, software and molecular science company that is helping to move the 3D manufacturing industry forward by bringing 3D printing into the supply chain and by developing new materials.
“I’m thrilled to see footwear innovation powerhouse, Adidas, experiment with 3D-printed footwear. However, we believe the true power of 3D printing lies in the ability to customize it to you, unique to 14 billion feet. Wiivv has developed the technology to enable people to do this from their smartphone. That’s what we’ve done for the first time in the world with Wiivv Custom Fit Sandals.”
Wiivv’s award-winning foot capture app for iOS or Android is behind the customization. Using over 200 data points on each foot captured on camera, Wiivv’s revolutionary technology allows computer algorithms to pinpoint the unique length, width and arch support of each customer’s feet.
Designed to support the body’s biomechanics, Wiivv’s Custom Fit Sandal features custom arch supports, thong placements and straps, as well as triple-density recyclable foam footbeds.
Wiivv will begin shipping its Custom Fit Sandal in August 2017, now available on Kickstarter.