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A new shoe manufacturing process using a 3-D footprint called selective laser sintering (SLS) is about to be introduced and according to the manufacturers will be used to custom design soccer boots. Prior 2 Lever is a London based company which have developed soft wear to laser scan the player's feet to make a digital model of the foot . Using a PEDAR force recording insole system the client carries out a series of exercises wearing and a template is produced for the sole with a stud arrangement specific to the wearer's requirements. The CAD shoes system was developed by University College London researcher Siavash Mahdavi and manufacturer claims include the CAM/CAD soccer boots will help to reduce injury. Potentially CAM/CAD shoes could be a giant step forward for shoe making and help considerably to reduce the problem of ill fitting shoes. This has great potential for shoes customization for people with specific fit requirements such as those suffering insensate feet (peripheral neuropathy) CAM/CAD insoles have been around for a decade but extension to shoe and boot manufacture repesents an innovative development .
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