“The future is custom” according to award-winning software company Caboma. Their software SpecifX allows companies to instantly personalize their products and create bespoke solutions through 3D printing.
Founded in Montreal, Canada in 2015 by co-founders Jean-Philippe Carmona, Jonathan Borduas, and Julien Arnaud, Caboma has been honing its software to bring personalized products to the masses.
“It used to take a CAD specialist up to 6 hours to customise a knee brace,” said CEO Jean-Phillipe Carmona. “Imagine doing that 60 times per week. With SpecifX, customization takes 10 minutes.”
This automation is very scalable, allowing Caboma to make tens of thousands of customized products for a fraction of the current time and price.
“The biggest gap in additive manufacturing is between 3D scan data and the 3D product, and our software solution bridges this gap,” said Mr. Carmona. “As far as we know, SpecifX is the only mass customization software in the world.”
How does it work?
You design a product in any modeling software and import it into SpecifX. You also scan your user’s individual anatomy, for example the knee. The software then digitally molds the product to the scan data to create a custom fit, based on your specified parameters.
In the medical device industry, Caboma worked with the company OssKin to customize and 3D print the orthotic Evoke, claimed to be the world’s lightest bespoke knee brace.
Caboma works with the client company to understand the product parameters that need to be custom. They then develop a bespoke set of tools to mass customize the product.
The software price varies due to its modular nature. Companies can specify the amount of customization they require, and a solution will be developed for them within a few days or weeks.
The team partners with 3D scanning and 3D printing providers to offer a complete end-to-end manufacturing process to their industrial clients.
According to research, customers are willing to pay up to 30% more for personalized products. Imagine walking into a store and getting a scan of your foot to identify your custom size and fit. A shoe that fits the scan perfectly is then generated and manufactured on-demand using 3D printing.
Caboma started as an additive manufacturing consulting company, but were often approached by medical companies to create personalized solutions that leveraged 3D scanning and 3D printing. Realising that making personalized devices manually was expensive and a barrier for some companies, Caboma made the switch to automation software.
The team of 12 people, the majority engineers, is currently in talks with the fashion footwear and sportswear industries to establish strategic partnerships and bring custom items to more consumers.
“Our vision is to be the interface between 3D scanners and 3D printers. We’re passionate about what we do, and we envision a bright future for this technology. We are not looking for any shortcuts.”