Insole manufacturer Superfeet plans to introduce custom 3D printed insoles from next spring.

The Ferndale, Washington based company, which supplies the active lifestyle and outdoor markets, is making the move after investing in SafeSize, a digital 3D scanning technology platform, earlier this year. It is also teaming up with innovation firm Jabil, which provides electronics design, production and product management services.

"Until today, the technology was not available to deliver 3D printed insoles that met Superfeet's exacting standards," said Eric Hayes, VP of marketing and product for Superfeet. "By working with world-class partners who are experts in 3D printing and scanning, and combining that with Superfeet's expertise in shape, we now have a 3D printed solution that will exceed expectations."

The 3D printed insoles will be adapted to meet the unique needs of individual consumers' feet.

Earlier this year the insole maker invested in Last Foot Technology (LFT), a Dutch technology company that, along with its subsidiary SafeSize, has pioneered a digital imaging and 3D mapping shoe fitting system.

Hayes said at the time the technology is "revolutionising shoe fitting" by taking the guesswork out of fitting shoes both online and in the store."