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Alan JacobsenBy Alan Jacobsen
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Alan JacobsenBy Alan Jacobsen
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About

Newly Added Light Insoles for Work Shoes.  Details Below!

A BOLD SOLE

At Light, we are completely rethinking how custom insoles are designed, manufactured, and integrated into footwear. Our new manufacturing technology enables us to offer custom fit, ultralight and ultra-supportive insoles at a price point that is cost competitive with mass manufactured products.


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CUSTOM

EVERY FOOT IS UNIQUE

SO IS EVERY INSOLE WE MAKE

We have developed an innovative, environmentally-friendly patent-pending approach to manufacture custom performance insoles based on light-cured composite technology. By eliminating the need for any metal or plaster foot mold in the manufacturing process, we can custom manufacture lightweight, high-performance insoles that perfectly fit to your foot and are cost competitive with mass produced insoles that come in limited sizes and shapes.

Our patent-pending light-curing process creates an ultra-supportive, lightweight insole in less than 2 minutes. The light-cured composite material is “thermoset”, which means it will retain its shape and support over time, unlike many of the heat-formed semi-custom products available today.

COMPARISON TO EXISTING INSOLES / ORTHOTICS

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RIDE LIGHT (Custom Insoles for Cycling Shoes)

Our LIGHT CYCLING INSOLES include thin performance foam under the ball of your feet to help alleviate pressure when pedaling. The top layer is a blue diamond wicking fabric that helps draw sweat away from your feet, and our insoles are ultrathin, enabling an easy fit into your cycling shoes.

LIGHT CYCLING INSOLE DESIGN

FIT OPTIONS


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RUN LIGHT (Custom Insoles for Running and Walking Shoes)

As with our cycling version, our LIGHT RUNNING INSOLES have been carefully designed to be supportive, lightweight, and ultrathin enabling a seamless fit into your favorite running or walking shoes. They have been race tested on the trail and road – in fact, Caitlin Jacobsen won her first race this year wearing one of our early prototypes (see www.larunningmama.com). Our running version also includes high-impact foam under the heel of your foot, and they are topped with a gray wicking fabric to help keep your feet cool when you are on the move. 

LIGHT RUNNING INSOLE DESIGN

FIT OPTIONS

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WORK LIGHT (Custom Insoles for Work Shoes)

As a tribute to those that wish to be in their cycling or running shoes all day every day, but have to face the real world in work shoes, we have added a new product line designed just for you. These custom insoles are specifically designed for work shoes that do not have removable insoles. They include a supple microsuede polyester top layer and a very comfortable dual density foam under the heel. The bottom layer fabric provides an anti-slip surface and, as with our cycling and running insoles, they are ultrathin for an easy fit.

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TECHNOLOGY

Our new Mold-to-Sole Technology works like this…

MOLD: Once we begin fulfilment after our Kickstarter campaign, we will send you a foot impression box. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the box to us using the accompanying return label.

MAKE: We will use our patent-pending light-curing process to quickly make our ultra-supportive, yet lightweight custom insoles that perfectly fit your feet.

FIT: Once you receive your Light Insoles, there are multiple ways to fit into your shoes. Try different fit options to see what works best for you.

FLY: Now it’s time to get out and enjoy your next run or ride!

A NEW APPROACH TO "ADDITIVE" MANUFACTURING

The recent explosion of various additive manufacturing and 3D printing techniques has begun to change how products are designed and manufactured. These additive techniques enable enormous design freedom, but are fairly limited when making “thin-walled”, high-stiffness structures. By combining principles of additive manufacturing with traditional composites manufacturing, and introducing light-curing resin technology into the mix, we have developed a new technique that can create lightweight, thin, custom shaped parts with excellent strength and stiffness in just minutes.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PROCESS

Our manufacturing process does not involve any VOCs (volatile organic compounds). We do not use any solvent-containing primers or adhesives to assemble the different layers of our insoles. In fact, all the layers of our custom performance insoles are integrated together in one step with a single exposure to light. We also designed our custom insoles to simply add the necessary support to the existing foam in your shoes, rather than wastefully throwing away the foam insole that was made to fit your shoe. We are also working on making our light-curable resin biodegradable.

Although our light-curable materials may appear complex, our new manufacturing process is relatively simple and extremely energy efficient because we utilize low-energy consuming UV-LEDs to cure our resin. As we grow, we envision localized manufacturing facilities throughout the USA.

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OUR STORY

BACKGROUND

My name is Alan Jacobsen, founder of Light Insoles. After a successful career working in R&D related to advanced materials, manufacturing, and product development, and earning many accolades along the way – including over 40 issued patents and many more pending, publications in top scientific journals, and awards such as the 2012 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award – I decided to set-out on my own and rethink how custom footwear products are made. My goal, however, is to create more than just a new insole company with great products. I founded Light Insoles to demonstrate that new innovative ideas in advanced materials and manufacturing can create better performing, fully customized products at a price point that is comparable to mass-produced products (true, functional mass customization).

TEAM

We are a small, focused team that is positioned to significantly grow after a successful Kickstarter campaign. My father, Chris Jacobsen, a retired accountant and former small business owner, takes care of all the “paperwork”, which allows me to focus on building the technology and company. My wife, Caitlin Jacobsen (shown above) is also a key part of the company. Most importantly, Caitlin supported my decision to leave my joint position as Department Manager at HRL Laboratories and CTO at Architected Materials, Inc. to start Light Insoles. She also didn’t fully object when I took over our garage to begin product and manufacturing development. In addition to her moral support, Caitlin is also one of our primary product testers and in charge of social media.

We are also grateful to have kind, talented friends that have helped contribute to the launch of this Kickstarter campaign, including Kristy Jennings at KJ Design, Nathan Anderson at Shotgun Digital, Joe Zook (sound engineering), Jeff Xander at Xander Photography, David Colclasure and Clark McIlvain (camerawork), and all our product testers.


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TIMELINE & REWARDS

With your generous Kickstarter contribution, you will help me move out of my garage and into a manufacturing facility in Southern California. With an official manufacturing location identified, we will begin building a high-caliber team to fulfill your rewards and further develop and expand our product lines and US-based manufacturing capability.

We have put together a range of exciting reward options to fit the contribution level that works for you. We are offering our Light Custom Running, Cycling, and Work Insoles that are made to perfectly fit to your foot.  We have also teamed with Borah Teamwear (www.mtborah.com) and SockGuy (www.sockguy.com) to include cycling jerseys, running tops (singlets), and socks as part of our rewards. After we are successfully funded, we’ll get going on making your custom pair of Light Insoles, and Borah Teamwear and SockGuy will begin manufacturing the clothing designs shown below. 

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Risks and challenges

As I’m sure many of you in the Kickstarter community already know firsthand, developing a new product is challenging. Developing a new, innovative manufacturing technology to make that product is even more challenging. And building a successful company around a new technology can be even more challenging. However, in my mind, one of the greatest risks and challenges is simply the uncertainty in the demand for a new product. Thanks to you and Kickstarter, the biggest challenge is a little bit easier.

For the remaining challenges, I believe I have the background and experience to lead our team through the early stages of our new manufacturing company. Before starting Light Insoles, I led the development of a new materials technology from the ground up, built and led a research team, and helped launch a new manufacturing company to commercialize that technology (see www.architectedmaterials.com).

Our prototypes are working out great and are currently being tested by our family and friends (with rave reviews), so we will undoubtedly get you an excellent product. However, our aggressive timeline is a risk.

In my garage, I can currently make 10 pairs of custom insoles in one day (and that’s just me). As we build the team and streamline the manufacturing in a new facility, we plan to quickly get the production rate up to 50 pairs/day. By September 2015, we plan to have the production rate at 100 pairs/day, with the capability to quickly add additional capacity as needed.

If we run into delays on getting our new manufacturing site up and running, we will do everything we can to get things back on track. And of course, we will share all the experiences along the way.

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    1 Pair of LIGHT RUNNING SOCKS

    We have teamed up with SockGuy to bring you LIGHT custom designed, high-quality, no-show technical running socks with ultra-cushion.

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    1 Pair of LIGHT CYCLING SOCKS

    We have teamed up with SockGuy to bring you LIGHT custom designed, high-quality technical cycling socks with a 3” cuff.

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    1 Pair of LIGHT CUSTOM RUNNING INSOLES

    Feel the difference a custom fit and excellent foot support can make on your next walk or run.

    We will send you a foot impression box. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the box to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the impression of your feet, we’ll start making your custom pair of Light Insoles. Then, we’ll send them back to you so you can feel the difference on your next walk or run.

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    1 Pair of LIGHT CUSTOM CYCLING INSOLES

    Feel the difference a custom fit and excellent foot support can make on your next ride.

    We will send you a foot impression box. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the box to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the impression of your feet, we’ll start making your custom pair of Light Insoles. Then, we’ll send them back to you so you can feel the difference on your next ride.

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    1 Pair of LIGHT CUSTOM WORK INSOLES

    Feel the difference a custom fit and excellent foot support can make in your WORK shoes.

    We will send you a foot impression box. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the box to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the impression of your feet, we’ll start making your custom pair of Light Insoles. Then, we’ll send them back to you so you can feel the difference a custom fit makes in your work shoes.

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    1 LIGHT RUNNING TOP

    We have teamed up with Borah Teamwear to bring you our LIGHT custom designed running top (singlet). Our performance running singlets are made by Borah with the highest-quality MicroPoly fabric to be lightweight and breathable. The singlets are tapered, hip length and engineered for training or racing.

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    2 Pairs of LIGHT CUSTOM INSOLES for One (1 Pair for RUNNING & 1 Pair for CYCLING)

    Feel the difference a custom fit and excellent foot support can make on your next run AND ride.

    We will send you a foot impression box. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the box to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the impression of your feet, we’ll start making your custom pair of Light Cycling Insoles and Light Running Insoles. Then, we’ll send them back to you so you can feel the difference on your next run and ride.

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL

    2 Pairs of LIGHT CUSTOM INSOLES + FREE SHIPPING

    Choose between our Running, Cycling, and Work designs.

    Feel the difference a custom fit and excellent foot support can make in all your shoes.

    We will send you one foot impression box. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the box to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the impression of your feet, we will start making your custom Light Insoles. Then, we’ll send them back to you so you can feel the difference a custom fit and excellent foot support makes in your running, cycling, or work shoes.

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    RUN LIGHT KIT

    With our Running Kit, you will be ready to run in comfort and style. Includes 1 pair of our LIGHT Custom Running Insoles + LIGHT Running Top (Singlet) by Borah Teamwear + LIGHT Running Socks by SockGuy.

    We will send you a foot impression box. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the box to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the impression of your feet, we’ll start making your custom pair of Light Insoles. Then, we’ll send them back to you, along with your clothing, so you can go out and run in comfort and style.

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    RIDE LIGHT KIT

    With our Cycling Kit, you will be ready to ride in comfort and style. Includes 1 pair of our LIGHT Custom Cycling Insoles + LIGHT Cycling Jersey by Borah Teamwear + LIGHT Cycling Socks by SockGuy.

    We will send you a foot impression box. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the box to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the impression of your feet, we’ll start making your custom pair of Light Insoles. Then, we’ll send them back to you, along with your clothing, so you can go out and ride in comfort and style.

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL

    3 Pairs of LIGHT CUSTOM INSOLES + FREE SHIPPING

    Choose between our Running, Cycling, and Work designs.

    Feel the difference a custom fit and excellent foot support can make in all your shoes.

    We will send you one foot impression box. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the box to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the impression of your feet, we will start making your custom Light Insoles. Then, we’ll send them back to you so you can feel the difference a custom fit and excellent foot support makes in your running, cycling, or work shoes.

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    RUN LIGHT KIT for Two

    Includes 2 complete RUN LIGHT KITS for you and your running companion.

    We will send you two foot impression boxes for you and your running companion. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the boxes to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the two impression boxes, we’ll start making Light Custom Insoles for you and your running companion. Then, we’ll send them back to you, along with all your clothing, so you and your running companion can go out and run in comfort and style.

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    RUN LIGHT KIT + RIDE LIGHT KIT

    Get both the complete RUN LIGHT KIT and RIDE LIGHT KIT for less than what you would typically pay for a pair of custom orthotics. Plus we will personalize your insoles with your initials on each pair.

    We will send you a foot impression box. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the box to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the impression of your feet, we’ll start making your custom pair of Light Running Insoles and Light Cycling Insoles. Then, we’ll send them back to you, along with all your clothing, so you can go out and run and ride in both comfort and style.

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    RIDE LIGHT KIT for Two

    Includes 2 complete RIDE LIGHT KITS for you and your riding companion.

    We will send you two foot impression boxes for you and your riding companion. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the boxes to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the two impression boxes, we’ll start making Light Custom Insoles for you and your riding companion. Then, we’ll send them back to you, along with all your clothing, so you and your riding companion can go out and ride in comfort and style.

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    RUN LIGHT KIT + RIDE LIGHT KIT for Two

    Why run and ride alone? Get 2 complete RUN LIGHT KITS and 2 complete RIDE LIGHT KITS (4 KITS total). Plus we will personalize your's and your companion's insoles with your respective initials on each pair.

    We will send you two foot impression boxes for you and your companion. Follow the instructions to imprint your feet and then return the boxes to us using the accompanying return label. Once we receive the two impression boxes, we’ll start making custom Light Running Insoles and Light Cycling Insoles for you and your companion. Then, we’ll send them back to you, along with all your clothing, so you and your companion can go out and run and ride in both comfort and style.

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    LIGHT MANUFACTURING TOUR + RUN and RIDE ADVENTURE for Two.

    Okay, “tour” might be a slight overstatement given our manufacturing facility will be new and relatively small, but we will bring you and your guest in the back so you can see our new Mold-to-Sole Technology in action.

    Then, we’ll head out for a run, ride, or both (your choice on whether it’s in the mountains or on the road). After our adventure, we’ll refuel at a favorite local restaurant.

    Includes 2 complete RUN LIGHT and RIDE LIGHT KITS (4 pairs of Custom Insoles + 2 Running Top and 2 Cycling Jersey + 4 pairs of Socks) + manufacturing tour + a great run and ride + some tasty food with the Founder!

    (Sorry, travel costs, bikes, and running shoes not included)

    Everything made in the USA. Run, ride, and food enjoyed in Southern California.

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    GROUP MANUFACTURING TOUR and RUNNING ADVENTURE

    Get together a group of your running partners (up to 10 total) and let’s spend an adventurous afternoon together. As a group, stop by our LA-area facility and we’ll take everyone’s foot imprint. Then we’ll take you one-by-one to see your LIGHT CUSTOM INSOLES being made in real time using our new Mold-to-Sole Technology. After everyone gets their new pair of LIGHT INSOLES, we’ll get suited up and go for a group run together (road or trail). Afterwards, we’ll head out for a delicious meal.

    Includes up to 10 RUN LIGHT KITS + manufacturing tour + a great run or ride + a delicious meal with the Founder!

    (Sorry, travel costs and running shoes not included)

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    GROUP MANUFACTURING TOUR and RIDING ADVENTURE

    Get together a group of your riding partners (up to 10 total) and let’s spend an adventurous afternoon together. As a group, stop by our LA-area facility and we’ll take everyone’s foot imprint. Then we’ll take you one-by-one to see your LIGHT CUSTOM INSOLES being made in real time using our new Mold-to-Sole Technology. After everyone gets their new pair of LIGHT INSOLES, we’ll get suited up and go for a group ride together (road or mountain). Afterwards, we’ll head out for a delicious meal.

    Includes up to 10 complete RIDE LIGHT KITS + manufacturing tour + a great ride + a delicious meal with the Founder!

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Funding period

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