Mar.14, 2014

Belgian brand Kipling, known for its bags in crinkled nylon fabric and the monkey figure on the key hanger, has partnered with Materialise to co-create the "City Jungle Shopper" and will be giving away their 3D printed bags in a contest running from today until April 2nd, 2014.

Based on the Monkey Madness collection, the bags were printed in Materialise's fully-flexible material TPU 92A-1 using 3D printing technology. Materialise engineers started by converting the 2D monkey silhouettes into 3D shapes and designed 4 different 3D patterns in the 3-matic software. The customer chose one out of these 4 prototyped patterns.

Kipling and Materialise then decided on a structure with the monkey's tails touching to create a pinwheel effect in the pattern. Once the right pattern had been chosen, bottom and top rims were added to the design for overall stability. Hooks on the top rim ensured later attachment of shoulder straps.

The final piece was printed in 1 piece. Materialise printed two types of bags in two distinct materials: one is made in Materialise's latest fully-flexible material, TPU 92A-1 using laser sintering technology and the other one is made with more traditional epoxy material using Materialise's Mammoth Stereolithography technology.

Speaking about the partnership, Jürgen Derycke, Kipling's Media – PR & Digital Marketing Manager said, "We are always looking for innovative approaches for our bags. Materialise really took us to another dimension with these monkey bags through their 3D Printing technology."

Watch below a video of the birth of Kipling's 3D printed bag and check out rules here about the contest.

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