Kegan Schouwenburg has a passion for bringing nascent technologies to the consumers. Her extensive work experiences in mass manufacturing and industrial design contributed to her passion, which continues to serve her well in her 3D technology business today. Her experiences include working as the director of engineering and operations at Shapeways, a New York-based 3D printing company, where she led the creation of one of the largest 3D printing factories in the world.
In May 2013, Schouwenburg co-founded SOLS and became its chief executive officer. SOLS, a New York-based company, uses 3D printing technology coupled with a set of algorithms in customizing insoles. Basically, the customized insoles are designed to provide greater comfort for their wearers since these are designed according to the unique characteristics of their feet, such as foot and arch shape.
SOLS’ software is considered as one of the first applications of 3D printing technology in the consumer market. Its vertically integrated custom mass manufacturing process is also a pioneer in the industry, thanks to its innovative combination of statistical shape modelling, advanced manufacturing, and computer intelligence. It has made 3D printing technology more accessible and affordable particularly for iPhone owners.
Under Schouwenburg’s leadership, SOLS has raised over $8.5 million in funding and has started offering its products to customers. With its innovative ideas and advanced 3D printing technology, the world will see more of SOLS on their feet.
For her achievements so far, Schouwenburg was recognized by Forbes magazine in its 30 Under 30 List for 2015 and by Inc. Magazine in its 30 Under 30 List. She has also been featured on the 30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech by Business Insider and in 20 Hottest Start-ups Founded by Women.
Schouwenburg has a B.S. in Industrial Design and Manufacturing degree from the Pratt Institute. She holds a patent for Systems and Methods for Generating Orthotic Device Models From User-Based Data Capture with Nathan Ghabour.