what we do
VOXEL8 getS sportsWEAR brands closer TO tHE CUSTOMER.
Introducing a digital manufacturing system that revolutionizes how footwear and athletic apparel is designed, manufactured, and delivered to consumers across the globe.
ActiveMix® technology enables digital printing of reactive elastomers with zonal tuning of composition, structure, and mechanical properties.
Digital control gives designers access to a wide range of property extremes using one starting formulation set.
SPEED to market
Go from prototyping to production in a matter of weeks, reacting to market trends and consumer demands in real time.
Eliminate cost barriers for limited releases while simultaneously lowering the cost of volume production.
Transition your current multi-step, manual prototyping and manufacturing processes to a fully-automated digital one.
Our manufacturing system eliminates the need for tooling, decreasing set-up costs and dramatically accelerating time to market.
Our scalable manufacturing platform is compact and automated, enabling production closer to the world’s largest consumer market.
Distributed production dramatically reduces shipping costs, tariffs and lead times for inventory fulfillment.
Bypass the limitations of current manufacturing processes and use 3D printing technology to create new unique design aesthetics.
Transition between intrinsic features that lay flush with the fabric to those that dramatically pop from the substrate in one print.
Our digital production pipeline enables mass customization on a volume production scale with batch sizes ranging from millions to one.
Our core technology enables full digital control of shape, mechanics, and high resolution graphics with functional features.
ActiveMix® technology gives users the power to digitally fabricate functional features with zonal control of material properties and full color graphics using high performance elastomers and Inkjet technology.
The ActiveMix® printhead enables on-the-fly formulation of high-performance elastomers to change the material properties of the resulting printed structures by multiple orders of magnitude.
ActiveMix® supports two modes of deposition: extrusion and spray.
Build 3D structures and thick films with variable cross sections on any surface or textile using rheologically tuned fluids.
Experience seamless travel from areas to contours, creating durable engineering meshes to control the stretch of the textile underneath.
Rapidly cover large areas of a substrate with an elastomeric spray
that partially infiltrates textiles to variably control the stretch.
Provide maximum support and abrasion resistance with minimal
weight, creating features that conform to the substrate underneath.
Use Inkjet technology with either extrusion or spray to embed vibrant, high-resolution graphics into high performance elastomers.
ActiveImage® introduces mass customization possibilities at no added cost.
ActiveLab® Digital Fabrication System
A multi-material digital manufacturing system for product development, wear testing, and limited production runs of high performance athletic footwear uppers and sporting goods.
The finely—tuned motion stage enables responsive nozzle motion in 3D space for meticulously detailed features.
The ActiveMix® printhead controls the precision dosing of elastomeric raw materials, enabling radical changes in material properties across a single print with one material set.
An enclosed environment provides humidity control, temperature monitoring, and ventilation, guaranteeing optimal print quality and operational safety.
Voxel8 is pushing the boundaries of conventional elastomers to develop a single set of raw materials that are dynamically mixed to create elastomers which span a wide range of mechanical properties within a single print: from a soft rubber to a rigid plastic.
Dynamic viscosity tuning enables the rheological properties to be dialed in for optimal penetration and adhesion to a wide range of textiles and substrates.
Our team of formulation chemists can develop custom formulations with quick turn-around times to fulfill special requests, while standard sets are scaled for manufacturing by a major materials partner.
Leverage the native capabilities of Rhino design software with the Voxel8 Rhino plugin to digitally and zonally define properties of parts printed with the ActiveLab® system.
Position full-color images to be embedded within elastomer features using ActiveImage® inkjet technology.
Transform any static drawing file into a dynamic representation of the final product through print process simulations.
Preview paths, mechanical properties of features, material usage, time for print completion, and an automatic price quotation for each print in volume production.
Customize both the mechanics and aesthetics of athletic footwear uppers for optimal performance, comfort and style.
Incorporate fully functional eyelets, heel counters, and toe boxes into the design, or increase brand recognition with digital logos and text.
Enhance protective gear and sporting goods with haptics, reinforcements, and cushioning for maximum grip, durability, protection and compression.
Create seamless support on sports bras, compression clothing and performance hosiery by controlling stretch through fiber-locking technology and engineered meshes.
wearables & Medical
Encapsulate electrical components on any textile for health monitoring.
Develop custom braces, prosthetic features and medical accessories.
Create selective compression for pressure points on electronic sensors, or custom fit headphones to each user.
Vary hardness and elasticity for specialized robotic grippers and precision gaskets requiring non-uniform properties with the ability to operate in extreme conditions.
Apply texture to fabrics and upholstery by introducing relieved features and internal reinforcements. Customize textiles with digital coloration.
Voxel8 was founded in the summer of 2014 by an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers from Harvard University.
We are backed by Braemar Energy Ventures and ARCH Venture Partners, along with a handful of other investors.
Our team is developing digital manufacturing systems which revolutionize how footwear and other products are designed, manufactured, and sold to consumers.
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Senior Polymer Scientist
Lead material development projects focused on developing and manufacturing new formulations with varying mechanical properties for digital printing of footwear, apparel and other target applications...
Senior Footwear Developer
Work with multiple top athletic footwear brands to bring shoe designs from sketch to reality using Voxel8’s ActiveLab systems. Experiment with Voxel8 technology to push the boundaries of our offerings, creating compelling demonstrations that can be used to communicate our capability to other footwear designers and developers…
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Take on the responsibility for the mechanical design the company’s novel equipment in collaboration with mechanical and electrical engineers. Work tightly with Voxel8’s materials team to understand the requirements of hardware systems based on the chemistries and rheological properties of the materials used…
Director of Business Development
Take ownership of the business development and revenue generation effort at Voxel8, navigating complex strategic selling situations to create new business with large multinational organizations in the athletic footwear and athletic apparel industry…
Mechanical Engineering Technician
Take on the responsibility for hardware assemblies, modifications, testing, and calibration of multidisciplinary equipment. You will collaborate with mechanical, electrical, and materials engineers to do tasks ranging from running machines, assembling system components, building test rigs, collecting data, and creating detailed reports…
3D Printing Technician
Become a master of running Voxel8 printing systems and create demos and structures for customers and partners. Orchestrate testing, compile results and analyze data…
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“Startup of the Month 2019 - April”
"This Somerville startup wants to change the way shoes are made"
"One of the 2016 Tech Pioneers"
"2016 R&D Award Winner"
"One of the smartest companies of 2015"
"One of the 9 Best Ideas from CES 2015"