Entries in clothing (10)
by General Fabb
Recently at the Ace Hotel in in New York City, the world’s first completely 3D printed dress was unveiled. Created by Michael Schimdt and 3D modeled by Francis Bitonti, the dress was printed in 17 pieces constructed in nylon.
Once printed at the Shapeways factory, the dress was dyed black and adorned with over 13,000 Swarovski crystals.
Read more at ENGINEERING.com
Nike's new Vapor Laser Talon football shoe wouldn't exist without 3D printing technology. The shoe manufacturer used metal 3D printing technology to prototype a special plate and traction system for the new footwear.
According to Nike's MJP Performance Director, Lance Walker:
Nike’s new 3D printed plate is contoured to allow football athletes to maintain their drive position longer and more efficiently, helping them accelerate faster through the critical first 10 yards of the 40. Translated to the game of football, mastering the Zero Step can mean the difference between a defensive lineman sacking the quarterback or getting blocked.
The shoe you see in the store isn't 3D printed, however. The production plate will be mass manufactured in a conventional manner - but the design was only possible through an iterative process using 3D metal printing.
If you're visiting London soon, we'd recommend you spend some time at the Victoria and Albert Museum, home of incredible deisgns of all kinds. Typically the works are historical, but at times contemporary works are displayed. That's what's happening now in a new exhibition called "The Power of Making" taking place at the V&A from 6 September to 2 January 2012. The exhibition includes over 100 "exquisitely crafted objects". According to their website:
The exhibition showcases works made using a diverse range of skills and explores how materials can be used in imaginative and spectacular ways, whether for medical innovation, entertainment, social networking or artistic endeavour.
We're specifically interested in the 3D printed shoes crafted by Marloes ten Bhömer, which we wrote about in January. This is an opportunity for the public to check out these amazing shoes in person.
The shoes were produced with Objet 3D printing technology, which has the unique feature of being able to mix multiple materials together during a single print operation. This means a print, such as the V&A shoes, can include both rigid and soft portions. Very important in a shoe, comfy counts.
The shoe's design is quite interesting: it is made of component parts that offer the ability to reconfigure the shoe, yet it is printed in a single operation and emerges already assembled. The design to wearable process apparently was only hours, truly demonstrating the Power of Making.
One of Netherland's most talented Dutch fashion designers, Iris van Herpen, will display her work at centraal museum utrecht from 29 June to 9 October this year. The exhibition will include not only some of her amazing 3D printed fashions, but there will also be a 3D printer (a Dimension) on site demonstrating the process for astonished visitors.
van Herpen's work is comprehensive, radical and gives you a strong feeling of "that's not possible in real life". Well, it is, apparently. Through the use of 3D printing, she's been able to create stunning works, much of which is apparently built using 3D printing tech.
We've learned that central museum utrecht has purchased several of her pieces, which are actually made using the Materialise 3D printing service.
If you happen to be near Utrecht this summer, you might want to check out this exhibition. If not, there's much to enjoy at van Herpen's extensive website, too.
A short while ago we wrote about Shapeways' 3D printed Bikini, and we speculated on the complexity of software required to develop appropriately fitting 3D clothing. The subtlety of fashionable curves and comfort fit are extraordinarily difficult, as they would necessarily be unique to each and every person. Even slight variations could render a fashion unfashionable. We still think this will be a pretty big barrier unless appropriate (and generic) software appears.
But maybe there's a beginning to it: lemonbow swimwear has developed parametric models for a bikini and a bathing suit using Rhino 3D add-on Grasshopper ("Generative Modeling for Rhino"). According to lemonbow:
... we can now offer a design that really will be custom made for your particular size. All you have to do is measure several points on your body and add these in grasshopper. The design will automatically change into the right measurements and can then be sent to the laser cutter.
Soon we will start to sell bikini’s online in collaboration with the waag and the fablabs in the Netherlands.
lemonbow is really modeling in 2D, but is this a first step towards generative 3D clothing?
Via lemonbow (Hat tip to Bart)
We were very excited to read about Shapeways latest creation: a 3D printed Bikini that you can actually purchase and wear! Up to now, most 3D printed fashions were wild, crazy and effectively impractical for common use. Typically you'd see 3D printed fashions in a museum or modern art event, but never in a place you could access for your own wearing pleasure. Until now.
Shapeways member Continuum has created at great effort a true 3D printable bikini set, the N12 (named after its material, Nylon 12). They're using one of Shapeways' unique materials, "White Strong and Flexible", and were inspired by Shapeways' experimental print of digital fabric. The N12 is composed (mainly) of tiny flat comfortable disks held together with very thin flexible connectors, and is composed of four parts: two straps and two cups.
Sounds good so far, but then the challenges mount: how do you create the correct sizing and shape? For something like a bikini, which by definition is pressed close to important body bits, it should fit absolutely correctly. Extensive experimentation and coding resulted in a way to generate the correct curves and sizes. The buyer is presented with a matrix of possible size combinations and she selects the appropriate one. It seems to work, although the prices are a bit highish: Halter USD$30, Strap USD$40, Right Cup USD$102.50, Left Cup USD$102.50, total USD$275.
But this pioneering effort illustrates a huge barrier to widespread 3D printed clothes: customizing sizes. If the notion of 3D printing a "perfectly matched" item is what 3D printing is all about, then 3D printed clothes had better do it. But to do so will require pretty sophisticated sizing algorithms by all clothing makers to adjust the associated 3D models. That's a barrier.
Experiments at LMNts Tech Studio are demonstrating the feasibility of printing flexible materials. Using their high-end commercial Objet 3D printer and 3D modeling software, they designed and printed a kind of miniature ball-and-socket joint.
They linked many of these joints together in a mesh. A Flexible Mesh.
But wait - isn't fabric a flexible mesh? It is, just at a much higher resolution. Are the LMNts folks taking some tiny steps toward printing fabric? We think they could be.
Now we're imagining yet another category of 3D printed items: clothing. And that's a pretty big space.
Fabbing superstar Janne Kyttanen of Freedom of Creation has been commissioned to produce unique white 3D printed gloves, as shown here. The gloves were commissioned by the Design Hub Barcelona, are will be on display from 15 June 2010 to 28 February 2011 in at the Fabrication Laboratory exhibition. According to DHUB:
The objects developed using new technological tools (such as CNC software and machines) and the ability to individually customise mass production (mass customisation), together with open-source design systems (interactive algorithms), are calling into question the future of the traditional model/series approach of industrial design.
The gloves were produced via Laser Sintering - and are named "Michael", in honor of a certain someone who made the style famous. They're part of a collection of fabbed clothing samples.
We're fascinated with the idea of 3D printed clothing. As we've previously seen with shoes, digital modelling and custom sizing offer tremendous opportunities to produce pretty much anything that can be imagined. For gloves, we can imagine they can be designed and produced to fit precisely.
To your hands, of course.