3D printing adds another dimension as tool for production, not just prototypes

Advancing technology and lower costs have some Seattle-area companies looking to 3D printing for faster, cheaper product tweaks and for full-fledged manufacturing as well.

Prevolve employees Krista Nelson, left, and Stephanie Brossmann demonstrate how a foot scan is taken to gather data to feed into a 3D printer at Prevolve, a company that makes running/walking shoes.  (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)Oliver Brossman struggled for years to find soccer shoes that fit properly and let him run after painful knee injuries. After a futile search, he decided to create his own.

In hopes of making a better shoe, he turned to 3D printing to create custom-fit running shoes. He founded Prevolve, despite no coding knowledge or background in 3D printing.

Three years of prototyping and testing later, the company just launched its first product, BioRunners, a high-end personalized running shoe designed to be better for your body.

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