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 mid-September 2020, 3D printing manufacturer Stratasys of Eden Prairie, Minnesota unveiled 2 collaborative works of 3D printed fashion with fashion designers Julia Koerner and Ganit Goldstein, both of which involved 3D printing directly onto textiles. This was done as part of Re-FREAM, a project funded by the European Union to investigate technology’s potential use in the future of fashion. The ability to 3D print directly onto textiles was unveiled by Stratasys at New York Fashion Week in September 2019 in collaboration with threeASFOUR and Travis Fitch. (Before this, 3D printed elements were manufactured separately and attached to the garment.) Named the Chro-Morpho collection, it took inspiration from the geometric distribution of veins in insect wings.

Named ARID, Koerner showed off her latest collection at September 2020’s ARS Electronica Festival. Based on Koerner’s “research” entitled “Digital VogueBetween Organic and Synthetic Processes,” ARID comprises 38 3D printed parts that can make several different looks and/or combinations, or can be combined onto and/or into a full dress. There was no sewing involved in the final assembly of the parts, as all the seams were assembled with 3D printed connectors, which Stratasys proclaimed marked a first in textile assembly. In addition, the collection can be adapted for the wearer by modifying the 3D printed connectors based on 3D scans of the wearer’s body.

In her collection named WeAreAble, Goldstein collaborated with Stratasys to combine direct-to-textile 3D printing, Asian craft embroidery and textile painting to make a Japanese-style Kimono dress via ikat. (Ikat can be defined as “a craft in which one tie-dyes and weaves yarn to create an intricately designed fabric.”) The kimono’s pattern of colours can also be customised for the wearer based on a 3D scan of their body.

A much more famous example of Koerner’s work was her involvement in making some 3D printed accessories for Angela Bassett’s Ramonda in the film 2018 Black Panther. (It is almost certainly not coincidence that the film won the award for “Best Achievement in Costume Design” at the 2019 Academy Awards.) Goldstein had previously collaborated with Stratasys on her Shifted Craft collection, which was unveiled at Milan Design Week 2019. In an industry first, the 3D printed parts of the collection’s shoes were 3D printed directly onto leather.

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