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WA: Flowbuilt Opens World's First Mass-Customization Footwear Facility

23 May, 2018


Bringing together world-class partners, state-of-the-art technologies and equipment, and cutting-edge vision, Flowbuilt Manufacturing, is solving for manufacturing demands today, while future proofing for business and retail needs of tomorrow. After perfecting the technology and processes to design truly individualized insoles and footwear, the team at Superfeet Worldwide Inc. realized there wasn't a facility to take these products from vision to reality – so they built it. Filled with prototyping materials, 3D printers and machines that flex from manufacturing a single custom pair of shoes to thousands of pairs, Flowbuilt is the place where vision becomes reality.

With an onsite prototype lab and 3D printing center, Flowbuilt in Ferndale, Washington, creates lasts and molds in a fraction of the typical time allowing partners the ability to go-to-market faster than ever before. The facility allows for rapid prototyping and sampling, development, design and build services for inline footwear and the ability to create individualized footwear with a last size of one. Thanks to the only commercially available multi-section-injection (MSI) machine in the US, Flowbuilt partners' finished product is created with unmatched precision. MSI technology gives Flowbuilt the ability to personalize midsole responsiveness based on an individual's unique biometric data collected through FitStation powered by HP, a technology not previously available in the US.

"To date your choices have been very limited when it came to finding the best resources to bring footwear from ideation to fruition in a very quick timeframe, even more so if you wanted to do so with elements of customization. That is, until now. With Flowbuilt our partners can utilize an end-to-end connected platform, in one location, in the U.S. We've created the new standard for footwear manufacturing and are setting up our partners for success by solving for problems that have yet to be discovered," states Eric Hayes, chief marketing officer at Superfeet.

With the opening of Flowbuilt, footwear brands across the globe have immediate access to solutions for the ever-evolving consumer market where being first-to-market is basically a mandate. By bringing together the forward-thinking minds behind some of the best-in-class brands, Flowbuilt partners have worked together as a team to discover best practices and perfect their process. With more than four decades of biomechanical experience, Superfeet's mission to revolutionize the way people experience footwear, Superfeet made the perfect first partner.

"As evidenced in our own experience bringing technologies like FitStation and ME3D products to market, we set out to create a clear path for brands to design and deliver their future before anyone else can.  As their first partner, Superfeet is excited to push the capabilities of Flowbuilt and showcase the advanced manufacturing technologies that can be found right here in the USA," explains Chuck Sanson, director of business development at Flowbuilt Manufacturing.

Flowbuilt announced Brooks Running Company as its first performance footwear partner during the 2017 The Running Event trade show in Austin, Texas. Brooks plans to leverage Flowbuilt's state-of-the-art multi-section injection technology to deliver the most personalized performance running shoe on the market in the coming months. 

About Flowbuilt: Flowbuilt Manufacturing is the only USA based full-service footwear manufacturing facility to offer mass-customization through proprietary multi-section injection technology. Clearing the way for brands to design and deliver the future before anyone else can, the Flowbuilt facility boasts cutting-edge 3D-printers and innovative machinery that flexes easily between creating a single custom pair of shoes to efficiently manufacturing thousands of pairs. At Flowbuilt, ideas flow from design to prototype through products built for today's consumers, all under one roof. Learn more about Flowbuilt Manufacturing at: https://www.flowbuiltmfg.com/.

About Superfeet: Superfeet is the leader in innovative over-the counter insoles for the active lifestyle and outdoor industries. For over 40 years Superfeet has focused on bringing innovative products to the market by seeking new solutions to everyday problems. Today, Superfeet has enabled countless people across the globe to experience a life of new possibilities by changing the way their footwear fits and functions. As a 100 percent employee-owned company, Superfeet is dedicated to improving lives, giving 1% of profits and employee time to organizations that help people get back on their feet.  For more information, visit: www.superfeet.com.

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