The 3D printing company uses pictures of a person's feet to create 3D printed shoes that are customized to exactly fit that person's feet. After a customer uses the app to upload photos of his feet and pick a design for his shoes, Feetz prints the pair and ships it within seven days.
"People think, 'You can do that with 3D printing? All I've seen is printed Yoda heads,'" Beard joked.
She was one of three GigTank startups to speak at a
Beard, who will be moving into the
After starting with a direct-to-consumer approach, Beard hopes to bring 3D printed shoes into shoe stores and eventually license her patented algorithms out to the major shoe brands like
And while Beard works to end uncomfortable shoes forever,
So instead of holding an X-ray in her hand, a doctor can hold a plastic model of a lung. Or a heart. Or a brain.
"A surgeon can simulate your surgery before your surgery," Hampton said.
He plans to put his model-making technology into hospitals, just like an MRI machine or X-ray system. Within a year, hospitals will be able to lease a 3D printer and a qualified staff member from 3DOps to run the system right in the hospital for on-demand, almost-immediate production of 3D models.
With 12 months, Hampton hopes to have 12 centers embedded into hospitals across the Southeast, and hopes to add 13 more by the end of 3DOps' second year. He's asking for
Hampton and Beard are both focused on ways to use 3D printers in their businesses, but Lathon Technologies' Nothal Partansky is focused on building the printers themselves. Lathon Technologies builds desktop printers aimed specifically at architects and artists.
The printer is specialized to create complex sculptures, and fits objects 12 inches by 9 inches by 9 inches. But even beyond the printer, Partansky is expanding the company's offerings to include what he calls Lathon Logic. It'll be a diagnostic technology that will allow customers to quickly figure out what is wrong with their printer and fix it -- while talking with a live customer service representative, Partansky said.
He's partnering with
"We want to truly be the one and only easy-to-use 3D printer," he said.
All three teams -- as well as eight other startups -- will complete the GigTank program this summer and pitch at Demo Day on
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