3D printers and 3D print objects are mood of the times. Today, more and more fashion designers and companies use 3D prints in their collection. For example, the Haute couture designer Iris von Herpen makes Couture 3D printed dresses. Some others have printed shoes, bikini, etc. It looks amazing!

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A new way to create

3D prints answers many technical questions: how to create quickly? How to create things that were impossible to create before 3D prints? How to create a garment that perfectly fits with the consumer? For example, Dita Von Teese, known for his pin-up forms, has unveiled a stunning dress made through 3D printing technology, to perfectly fit her curves…

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With 3D printers we could imagine a lot of possibilities: we could have a body scanner that measure the size of a person, connects with the 3D design, adjust it automatically and then print the taylor-made garment. With the arrival of accessible 3D printers for consumers, any person having:

1) design skills

2) a 3D design tool

3) a 3D printer could create his own style?

Sounds really great… But this rises a couple of additionnal questions… Is a 3D print dress really comfortable? Is it safe to wear? And more important: if anybody can design in 3D and then print, how do we keep the craftsmanship, the known-how and the expertise of a designer?

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What’s the future of fashion when it comes to 3D print?

This is the debate we want to open at the FashionLab. The point is not just about the potential this new horizon offered by 3D Printer. The key question should be around the content, the creation of the 3D design. Who can create the content, what kind of content to provide with the 3D printer? And how to make sure that the data are consistent and aligned with conformity?

As a key actor in 3D and fashion, this is exactly what FashionLab is willing to do by working with designers on research projects: focus on the content, the design 3D and creativity, to open new experiences for both designers and consumers. Having 3D prints just for 3D prints and because it’s trendy is not our goal. 3D prints must answer a real creativity and manufacturing issue. In this perspective, we dream to go beyond the limits of imagination, and open new doors and opportunities never seen before.

Picture bracelet: Cubify site

Picture Dita V. Teese: Albert Sanchez via shapeways

picture N12 Bikini: continuum fashion

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