Aetrex Worldwide Inc. announced the acquisition of SOLS Systems, Inc., a leader in medical and consumer grade 3D printed orthotics and software used for the mass customization of footwear.
The acquisition closed February 22.
Founded in 2013 and based in New York, NY, SOLS’ technology improves the fit and function of footwear. Utilizing computer vision, computational geometry, machine learning, and biomechanics, SOLS’ patented end-to-end platform automatically generates 3D models of an individual’s anatomy based on photos from its imaging system, the first ever available on a smartphone.
The 3D models are used to produce custom orthotic devices digitally manufactured on demand. The same technology is used for the production of customized footwear and has outpaced competing efforts inside leading innovation labs. The SOLS team will begin integrating their suite of products immediately, working with Aetrex’s hardware and software engineering teams on their newly launched Albert 3D foot scanner.
“The acquisition of SOLS is consistent with the Aetrex mandate of always providing the most authentic consumer benefits through state of the art technology,” said Aetrex CEO Larry Schwartz. “The integration of SOLS technology into our footwear and orthotics businesses will allow Aetrex to offer unmatched customization and adjustability across our product lines.”
“After meeting the Aetrex team over a year ago, we quickly realized how their global footprint and decades of industry experience in orthotics and footwear could advance SOLS’ product growth and accelerate our mission of revolutionizing footwear in the coming years,” said SOLS Founder and CEO Kegan Schouwenburg.
Aetrex designs and manufactures therapeutic, casual, dress, sandal and athletic footwear for both men and women. Aetrex also developed industry leading foot scanning devices, including Albert and iStep. and sells the over-the-counter Lynco Orthotics collection.