Oct.23, 2013

Dutch fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht unveiled a very unique 3D printed dress at the Volkswagen booth during the lnternational Motor Show (lAA) in Frankfurt in September 2013. In collaboration with .MGX designer Niccolò Casas, and 3D printing company Materialise, Wipprecht created this innovative, interactive 3D printed "Smoke Dress" as part of a special eight-piece fashion collection for Volkswagen.

The Smoke dress is embedded with proximity sensors and a back-mounted, 530 gram, smoke system, and it automatically creates a veil of smoke whenever someone steps into the personal space of the wearer. Silicon-based smoke fluids ensure that the perfect density of smoke is created.

Made out of polyamide and TPU 92A-1, the first fully-flexible 3D printing material, the dress was produced by Materialise to both provide support to the embedded sensors and smoke system, as well as to have the look and feel of ultra-futuristic fabric. Designers used Materialise's 3-maticSTL software to create an assembly system for the five different pieces of the dress, and then use Materialise's Magics software to fix and prepare the design file for 3D printing with laser sintering.

"With interactive designs, the intimate space around the wearer is not that often explored, and with projects like the 3D printed Smoke Dress, I like to create a new kind of dialogue - between our bodies and our surroundings." says Anouk Wipprecht.

Anouk Wipprecht is an artist, designer, curator, and lecturer who works in the emerging field of "fashion-tech" - a rare combination of fashion and engineering, science, and interaction. Wipprecht's designs create a connection between technical fabrics and elements that are brought to life by diverse effects. Her pieces have been shown at exhibits and events around the world. For the 2011 "Super Bowl" performance of the "Black Eyed Peas", Wipprecht designed the eye catching outfit for the band's lead singer Fergie.

Watch the video to see th e Smoke Dress for Volkswagen in action:


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Melanie wrote at 10/24/2013 10:01:00 PM:

It reminds me a great deal of the fire dress that Katniss wore in the movie The Hunger Games.

hed wrote at 10/24/2013 1:34:53 PM:

You guys are missing the big picture here. Sure it's just a useless dress but imagine all the possibilities. Modifying these suits can be useful in real world applications such as medical or military use. Imagine someone jogging outside on a sunny day then all of a sudden that person passes out from heat exhaustion. Now imagine that suit with a built in water pump, reservoir, and cold water running through it. It could quickly save that person's life. Now imagine that your a soldier out in the desert, this suit could cool you down during the day. Add a water heater and now it's keeping you warm at night. Ran out of drinking water? No problem, drink the water in the reservoir then refill it with your own urine. Add a water filter to it and now you could filter your urine and drink it again if you had to. As it currently sits it could still be useful. Imagine a ninja using this to evade. I myself practice ninjutsu and we use hollowed out eggs filled with powders and smash them to create a smoke screen. In a small room this suit could quickly fill the room with smoke allowing me enough time to disappear. Even though it's just art does not make it worthless, if I hadn't seen this article I would have never thought of any of the ideas I mentioned above. Think about it.

jd90 wrote at 10/23/2013 10:18:05 PM:

It's annoying that these goofy designs are being promoted. What's there that had to be 3D printed, anyway?

Mih wrote at 10/23/2013 3:05:04 PM:

There are much more important projects that these people should devote their time to. What a waste of 3D printing tech. http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2012/04/26/this-is-your-100k-chance-to-change-the-world/

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