The Italian design house Maison 203, which specializes in creating contemporary 3D printed jewelry, has recently released its first entirely 3D printed clutch, known as Armure. Designed by the renowned Odo Fiorvanti, who has collaborated with Maison 203 in the past, the clutch was inspired by the fruit of the cypress tree: smooth, rounded scales appear to hover or ‘float’ over the inner sphere, much like a small pinecone (or, as the title suggests, a suit of armor.)
It’s no secret that 3D printing was set to make a splash on the fashion scene, however the size of that splash was - and still is - up for debate. Among other factors, this is based on how well 3D printed materials mix with existing fashions, as well as the familiarity of additive manufacturing processes by the designers themselves, who oftentimes don’t come from 3D printing-focused backgrounds such as product design or engineering.
Danit Peleg’s final design project at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel was a 100% 3D printed fashion line inspired by Eugene Delacroix’s 1830 painting ‘Liberty Leading the People’. Peleg was inspired by the ‘revolutionary’ idea that someday people might be able to print ready to wear fashion on the go. Freedom—from luggage? Someday Peleg’s vision may very well become a reality, but, for now, she must continue charging ahead with her 3D printed Tricolor into the world of fashion design.
3D Systems’ claim to fame started with the creation of the first commercial 3D printing machine, invented in 1989. Since the time of 3D Systems’ conception, the market has expanded from strictly industrial applications to encompass more consumer-based systems, and a plethora of 3D printing companies are vying for a spot on top of creative sectors, including the ever-evolving world of fashion. And, as 3D printed fashion moves off the runway and into the home, the 3D printing inventor has made it even easier for any consumer to 3D print their own textiles through 3D Systems’ new Fabricate platform.
Five years ago, shoe designer Rachel Noon started to experiment with the creation of outdoor footwear using injection molding as the fabrication technique. However, she soon found that the creation of the molds required a greater investment of both time and capital than were really feasible, especially when it came to trying something so experimental. She briefly considered the possibilities offered by 3D printing but because, at the time, the only materials commonly available for 3D printing were hard materials, it just didn’t work for shoes. In an interview with 3dprint.com, she explained the origination of her interest in bringing 3D printing to shoes:
A number of 3D printing startups are racing towards the release of the world’s first commercially viable 3D printed shoes, but it is beginning to look like one very promising project by two Philadelphia University is taking the lead. Project FOOTPRINT by Matt Flail and Tim Ganter, which has developed a very impressive system involving 3D scanning, algorithmic shoe development and high quality 3D printing, is ready to make its debut at the GDS Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany.
As women throughout the world will verify, bras are not perfect. They can be uncomfortable, feature straps that dig into shoulders and after a long day quite a lot of sweat can accumulate in them. High time, fashion designers Chromat and technology giant Intel believed, to do something about it. At the New York Fashion Week, Chromat and Intel debuted their 3D printed smart sports bra, that is filled with enough Intel power to sense changes in temperature, breathing and perspiration and will even open or close tiny vents to prevent excessive sweating.
While 3D printed outfits and accessories have been revolutionizing fashion runways all over the world for a while now, we’ve heard surprisingly little from the world’s shoe designers. But it looks like all that’s about to change, as one California-based designer is embracing 3D printing technology as the solution to relieve women of a torture device that has been commonly worn in society for about two centuries: the high heel.
The “icing on the cake” represents an additional benefit to something already good. Fashion itself is a very interesting field to look at, but when combined with 3D printing, I believe it becomes far more intriguing. This past week in South Korea, there was a fashion fair for indie brands, and 3D printing was the icing on the cake of the fashion on show.
According to World of Warcraft mythology, when Arthas the Lich King awaked from a long sleep, he silenced his own heart, believing that anything that made him at all mortal made him weak. Sounds like a pretty badass guy, right? That’s probably why he is one of the most iconic Warcraft characters, and why 3D artist and Zbrush specialist Francesco Orrù decided to sculpt and 3D print his very own wearable Lich King helmet.