NAMIC Announces Collaboration with Wiivv at Global Additive Manufacturing Summit to Develop High Performance Biometric Insoles

SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#3dprinting–The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC)
today signed a memorandum of understanding with Wiivv,
a global market leader in 3D printed insoles based in the United States
and Canada. The ceremony was held at the Global Additive Manufacturing Summit
in conjunction with Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific (ITAP),
witnessed by guest of honour Dr. Lam Pin Min, the Senior Minister of
State in both the Transport and Health Ministries, and Ms. Choy Sauw
Kook, the Assistant Chief Executive and Director-General of Quality and
Excellence for Enterprise Singapore. Wiivv co-founder and Chief
Executive Officer Shamil Hargovan represented the brand at the ceremony.

Wiivv focuses on developing solutions that enable mass customization of
high-performance lifestyle and tactical products, including footwear and
wearables. In collaboration with NAMIC and its network of research
performers and strategic partners, the company will embark on the
development of its next generation of customized biometric insoles to
enhance individual performance. 3D printing is particularly suited for
orthotics, with its ability to translate digital designs to direct
manufacture of customized supports, based on an individual’s
measurements to ensure optimized fit and performance.

Shamil Hargovan of Wiivv said, “It’s a great honour to be in this
partnership. We are proud to have this opportunity to bring Wiivv’s
groundbreaking technologies and products to the Singapore market. We
look forward to a long and productive partnership.”

Dr. Ho Chaw Sing, NAMIC’s Managing Director, said, “Wiivv exemplifies
how new businesses should aspire to be, riding on market trends like
hypermobility, mass customization and wellness needs, building
personalized and highly desirable solutions enabled by technologies like
cloud computing, artificial intelligence and 3D printing. We are excited
and honoured to be partnering with Wiivv to support their growth plans
in Singapore.”

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is one of the key technologies
in the Industry 4.0 ecosystem. In Singapore, interest in and adoption of
3D printing has been growing in the industrial sectors over the past few
years, notably in precision engineering, marine offshore, maritime,
military, aerospace and biomedical. Beyond the industrial sectors, NAMIC
is placing big bets on the wearables and footwear market due to
increasing mass customization needs. Today, for example, both hearing
aids and clear aligner solutions used in orthodontics are manufactured
using 3D printing technology.


Wiivv is a technology company transforming footwear, apparel and
wellness for every human body, so that you can move, feel and live your
best. Current products—insoles and sandals—are created on-demand for one
customer at a time using measurements taken from the award-winning Wiivv
mobile app and a smart phone’s camera. In addition, the world’s leading
brands and creators use the proprietary Wiivv Fit Technology platform,
which combines state-of-the-art computer vision, biomechanics research,
artificial intelligence and digital manufacturing fulfillment management
services, to scale the customization of their products for the masses.


The National Additive Manufacturing Cluster (NAMIC) is a pan-national
initiative led by NTUitive, supported by Singapore’s National Research
Foundation and in partnership with Enterprise Singapore and the
Singapore Economic Development Board. NAMIC aims to increase Singapore’s
adoption of additive manufacturing technologies to enhance
competitiveness in the rapidly evolving landscape of digital
industrialization. This is accomplished by nurturing promising additive
manufacturing technologies and start-ups, as well as accelerating
translation R&D from public sector funded institutions with a focus on
commercial applications. NAMIC seeds and enables public-private
cross-collaboration, acting as a connector between industry, research
performers and public agencies. It also assists companies seeking
capital injection either through project joint-funding or leveraging its
investor networks.

NTUitive is the innovation and enterprise company of the Nanyang
Technological University, Singapore.


NAMIC: Mr. Mahendran Reddy,
Ms. Errin Cecil-Smith,