Here at 3D Rapid Print, one of the fastest growing 3D Printing companies in the Thames Valley, we like to keep abreast of the latest innovations in 3D printing.

In 2009, Julia Daviy became interested in so-called “smart clothes” (clothes that have embedded electronics), leading to her launching a line of “organic activewear” in 2015. Wanting to make production less labour-intensive and more environmentally friendly, she turned to 3D printing. After obtaining a specialization in 3D printing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well passing other courses on 3D modelling for 3D printing, she bought her first 3D printer. Daviy also holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science, a Master’s in International Economics, and a specialization in Design Thinking from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Her debut line, the Liberation Collection, was revealed at New York Fashion Week 2018.

Circa August 2015, Silvia Fado collaborated with 3D printing specialist engineering group Hexxon of Seville, Spain, developing a prototype for 3D printed shoes “with a new material for 3D printing that has inherent carbon fibre.” After studying traditional techniques for making shoes, she completed a Master’s in Fashion Footwear at the London College of Fashion. The prototype shoes served as inspiration for Fado’s CARBONALISE line, which was debuted at the South 36.32n Fashion Festival of Cádiz, south-west Spain.

In December 2018, Ganit Goldstein, who is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design of Jerusalem, collaborated with 3D printing manufacturer Stratasys of Eden Prairie, Minnesota to launch her graduation project collection Between the Layers. The collection was inspired by her time in Japan learning the technique of ikat at the Tokyo University of the Arts. (Ikat can be defined as “a craft in which one tie-dyes and weaves yarn to create an intricately designed fabric.”) Between the Layers was unveiled at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco as part of the Arts of Fashion Foundation International Student Fashion Competition.

Rosanne van der Meer and Annelie Ansingh met at a fashion academy in 2006. Circa January 2016, they launched their 3D printed knitwear start-up The Girl and the Machine, which uses a special 3D knitting technique so that no two pieces are alike. Between October and November 2018 they had an unsuccessful campaign on crowdfunding website Kickstarter, which only reached €18,000 of its €30,000 goal. Nonetheless, they received a €15,000 grant from the European Union in December 2018 for being admitted into stage 2 of the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme, which describes itself as “the only EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation.”

Over the past few years, the fashion industry has become increasingly interested in 3D printing, and the examples described above demonstrate how designers are increasingly pushing the limits of design and pattern creation, as well as increasingly changing the way clothes are produced.

3D printing is an amazing tool. It can grow your small business or start a mini revolution in an industry. Explore what it can do for you when you contact us today.

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