Dec.17, 2013

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore on Tuesday showcased some fashion pieces at its first 3D printing festival. Fashion models strut out in unique outfits that were not created using the traditional needle and thread, but 3D printers. The festival showcases the countless possibilities of 3D printing technology and gives a preview of where it is headed in the near future.

The festival also marks the finale of the two international 3D printing competitions where four teams from Australia, China, Vietnam and Singapore successfully clinched the top prizes of S$10,000 and $3,000 in each category.

"I hope our 3D printing competitions will fuel the creative juices of young people all around the world, and inspire both engineers and artists alike to embrace the technology to better our lives." said NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson.

Water-inspired design wins top prize for Wearable Fashion

The top prize in the Wearable Fashion category went to Lim Kae Woei and Elena Low Lee Wei, from XYZ Workshop, a 3D printing workshop in Australia. Their design, inspired by the competition's theme of water technologies and sustainability, focuses on the transience of water and its changing states.

Photo credit: XYZ Workshop

The bodice features a series of solid and hollow spheres that echoes the traditional Chinese cheongsam. The final design is made up of 26 different sections and had taken the duo about 160 hours to print on an Ultimaker 3D printer.

The commendation prize went to a team of seven NTU students who synthesised both art and technology to design a flowing 'chainmail' inspired by the Chinese word for water (水), with patterns of large drops of water at the shoulders giving way to smaller drops of water as it unfolds from top to bottom.

Photo credit: NTU

Top abacus design combines ancient coin and abacus

Clinching the top prize in the Abacus Design category was a trio from China who used the latest techniques in 3D metal laser printing to create a small abacus hinged within a large ancient coin with intricate wordings embossed on its sides, complete with two doors and mini handles.

Photo credit: Lester Kok, NTU

The winners, Xiao Zefeng, Liu Ruicheng, and Yang Yongqiang, who had fabricated their coin abacus using stainless steel, said they had hoped to combine the abacus and the ancient copper coin to fabricate a functional part which can showcase the history of Chinese commercial economy.

The commendation prize winner Vietnamese Nguyen Phuc Hung had printed his complex abacus design with finesse, resulting in a wrist-worn 'calculator', which marries both the bangle and the abacus.

Photo credit: Lester Kok, NTU

He said that he had designed this with personal fabrication in mind – meaning that others should be able to print it easily within a few hours.

The competition received a total of 30 submissions with 20 entries from Singapore.

NTU announced a new $30 million dollar 3D printing research centre in September this year, which aims to keep Singapore at the forefront of 3D printing technologies.

 

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Rajasekaran wrote at 12/19/2013 10:38:27 AM:

Hi, I am interested in organising a 3D-printing learning journey involving some D&T teachers. How do I go about doing this? Appreciate if you can help. Thank you. rajasek14@gmail.com

Jeffrey Jones wrote at 12/17/2013 4:06:07 PM:

Its really an good idea to open an 3D printing research center,Will be useful for many young people around the world..



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