Monday, 2 November 2015

3D Printing In The Fashion Industry feat. Shapeways

The fashion industry is constantly pushing boundaries, both socially and through design. From Yves Saint Laurent's iconic pantsuit for women, to the likes of Alexander McQueen and Christian Lacroix designing apparel worthy to be considered art. The most recent Paris Fashion Week has seen a rise of 3D printing within the fashion industry, displaying the creative potential that this manufacturing process holds.



Two companies - Shapeways and Nervous System - have teamed up to create a new, innovative way of design and producing clothing via the use of a 3D printer. Designed by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenburg of Nervous System, the material that makes up the garments consists of thousands of tiny panels, all hinged together to form a fluid material that acts like any fibrous fabric would do.


The creation of this fabric lies within Additive Manufacturing; a way of creating 3D objects by building up layers of material until the final piece is formed. This manufacturing process is rapidly expanding day by day, adding new materials to use for designs to the already wide range available presently.



One great element of the service that Shapeways provide, is that anyone can upload designs and purchase products from their website. No experience of the trade or industry is required, and they're encouraging fashion designers to work with them and create even more ambitious pieces of clothing, as well as helping to expand the use of 3D printing in the fashion industry.

If you're interested in finding out more about the dressed designed by Nervous System, Shapeways themselves or Additive Manufacturing, please click the links provided within this post.

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Thank you so much for reading this post, and also a massive thank you to Shapeways for letting me write this post about their services!

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DISCLAIMER: I was approached to write this by the company Shapeways, but I have not been paid and the opinions given are my own . The images used are taken from the Shapesways website with permission, and the video is taken from Youtube