Wiivv Wearables Inc., a bionics company that creates custom, 3D printed gear has announced the closing of USD 3.5M in seed round funding. Wiivv has developed a scalable, enterprise level Adaptive Manufacturing System featuring the world’s fastest product customization engine designed to produce custom body gear. The company is preparing to enter the market with a Kickstarter campaign in early 2016 designed to build a community of early adopters for Wiivv’s first product to hit the mass market: BASE – a 3D printed comfort-fit insole with foot digitization done via smart phone.
The seed financing was led by Eclipse VC, Real Ventures, and is the first investment made by Asimov Ventures – a seed and early stage VC focused on 3D printing and robotics. Evonik Industries – a global presence in specialty chemicals – and MAS Holdings – a design-to-delivery manufacturing company with 38 world-class apparel facilities – also joined the round as major strategic investors.
The team has developed a suite of technologies with a newly conceptualized ‘Adaptive Manufacturing System’ that can be applied to any part of the human body. The core innovation at Wiivv is a proprietary product customization engine that begins with digital capture and ends with manufacturing of a biomechanically enhanced 3D print-ready file in seconds.
Funds raised by the Kickstarter campaign will be funnelled towards the manufacturing and fulfilment of BASE custom insoles, which deliver comfort to painful foot.