Where were you in 1983? Perhaps you were learning Lotus 1-2-3 (ask your Mom) or learning the newly launched Microsoft Word. Swatch watches were all the rage and it’s true, Spandau Ballet didn’t have any ballerinas.
In 1983, Barry Sokol, started SOLO Labs in a one-room building in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania. This primitive set-up used a garden hose as a source of water and had no heat. As winter approached, the threat of cold weather would freeze the water source. Barry moved the SOLO manufacturing operations to a local dairy farm in Kutztown, Pa. The farm offered a few more modern amenities and provided more storage space. As the business grew, the need for space grew with it.
In 1989, construction began on the first building. But quickly, storage space for the plaster casts continued to be a problem. Then in 1994, SOLO purchased a CAD/CAM system that electronically stored and calculated all the technical data for the less complicated orders. This allowed SOLO to create a superior devices quickly and accurately. In addition to being a time saver, it also introduced the long-term, electronic storage of casts. By 2001, we expanded our operations to our current building in Kutztown, Pa.
In 2006, we introduced the TOM-CAT scanner. This eliminated the need for casting and eliminated the cost of shipping casts to SOLO. We continued to innovate and developed proprietary CAD/CAM technology that completely replaced poured plaster molds. Currently, SOLO can electronically duplicate the most complicated plaster casts. Today, we offer the viSo scanner as the latest innovation in hand held foot scanning technology.
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