At the international exhibition for the sports industry (ISPO) that took place in Munich last week, the first ever 3D printed ski boot has been unveiled.
Easystand has been created using selective laser sintering (SLS) technology and is made out of Windform SP, a polyamide-based material reinforced with carbon fibers. Developed by CRP Technology, a company with headquarter in Italy and more than 20 years of experience in the AM field, Windform SP is particularly used for high performance applications in motorsports and aerospace.
Inventor and Designer of the Easystand ski boot ist Franz Egger, a sporting goods dealer from Dorfgastein in Austria with over 30 years of experience in the industry, who has continuously been dedicated to innovations and ideas related to ski boots and their optimal fit as well as transfer of power.
“Easystand is the name of the new formula for your feet in ski boots. This actually reverses the previous position of the foot in the ski boot, i.e. the toes are positioned higher than the heel. The benefits of this can be explained logically and are clear to see: a precise heel position, more room for the toes and precise swinging movements.”
This special position of the foot also results in noticeably pressure release from thigh and calf muscles as well as the knee joints.
“The skiboot has a split insole and an integrated wedge. The wedge is connected with a regulator by a stick. By adjusting the regulator it is possible to change the wedge into three different positions and so also changing the height of the foot in the boot.”
The Easystand has won the ISPO award in the category ski products and several patents have already been registered for the 3D printed ski boot. The innovative products was tested with renowned ski boot manufacturer last winter and is considered to be suitable for future series production.