Oct 3, 2016 | By Tess

With so much happening in the world of 3D printing, it’s hard to keep up sometimes, even for us! To help keep our fashion and art loving readers up to date, we’ve put together a list of some notable 3D printing projects that we heard about last week, from 3D printed Burning Man headpieces, to Iron Age 3D printed jewelry, to 3D printed makeup.

1. 3D printed Burning Man headpieces by Sascha Hosey

If you were one of 70,000 people to make the trek to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for Burning Man over the labor day weekend, you will doubtlessly have noticed some really creative and unique fashion pieces and costumes: from body paint, to crazy wigs, and even to 3D printed headpieces!

The headpieces, which were designed by Siberian-born but New York-based Sascha Hosey, are part of the designer’s Kova collection, which comprises of 13 different styles. Inspired by her friends’ various creative personalities, Hosey created a number of intricately designed 3D printed headpieces to be worn at the Burning Man festival. Sold through her website, the designs include simple ones like bunny and cat ears, an awesome geometric mohawk headpiece, ornate crowns, a snake inspired headpiece, and many more.

The pieces, which were debuted by a number of Hosey’s friends at Burning Man 2016, were made even more eye-catching with such embellishments as chains, pearls, and Swarovski crystals. Notably, each piece was specially 3D modeled and printed to be comfortable and lightweight for the wearer, making them the perfect accessory for the desert festival.

Hosey’s 3D printed headpieces are available for order through her personal website and retail for between $296 and $1,920. Whether you plan to adorn yourself with one of her amazing 3D printed wearables for the next Burning Man or not, there is no denying that Hosey’s headpieces are truly works of fashion art.

2. Smashbox custom 3D printed lipstick samples

Cosmetics brand Smashbox has launched an exciting, not to mention innovative, promotion in celebration of its new #BeLengendary lipstick collection, which will introduce 120 new lipstick shades on October 31st, 2016. Using a special code from the Smashbox website, customers can redeem a free 3D printed lipstick sample with their makeup purchase.

The sample itself, consists of a mirror compact with lipstick 3D printed onto it in the design of the customer’s choosing: whether its the kiss print pictured above, a heart, emoji, or even social media handle. If you want to get your hands on one of these awesome 3D printed lipsticks, you’ll have to act fast though, as the promotion only lasts until October 12th (though the code is redeemable until October 31st.)

3. Hodor’s mom pays homage to GoT character with 3D printed doorstop

3D printing and Game of Thrones enthusiasts will surely remember the slew of 3D printed Hodor doorstops that hit the market soon after the 5th episode of season 6 aired on HBO. And while certain Hodor inspired 3D printed props never really took off because of licensing issues, it’s still great to see that the beloved character’s spirit is living on in a funny (and practical!) way.

Recently, for instance, Kristian Nairn (the actor who plays Hodor) posted a photo taken at his mother’s home of a 3D printed Hodor doorstop propping a door open. Posted on his Instagram, the photo’s caption reads “Really, Mum??? Et tu, Brute? Hahahaha” (referencing Shakespeare’s famous line from Julius Caesar).

Fortunately, you too can have the same Hodor doorstop, as the 3D file for it is available for free through Thingiverse. You’ll never forget the untimely demise of gentle Hodor with it.

4. Pandora's Box unleashed in Yeti Lane’s new 3D printed music video

Paris psych-rock band Yeti Lane has just released their latest music video for their song L’Aurore, and let us tell you, it’s awesome. The music video, which features a number of 3D printed dolls, faces, and props, was made in collaboration with stop-motion experts Simon Gesrel and Arnaud Viémont, who have in this latest project really made something special.

The video, funded in part by the SPPF and FCM, takes place in the Pandora diner where hell has just broken loose: fires rage, guns are being fired, strippers in cultish masks are dancing, and more. In the music video, the camera explores a moment frozen in time in the diner, right at the height of the debauchery. The dramatic camera movements take us through all the frozen happenings in the bar, and highlight the amazing detail with which the miniature settings and characters were made. From the food cooking on the abandoned grill, to converse shoes flying through the air after an explosion, to the red diner booths, every inch of the set has been meticulously designed and crafted.

As mentioned, 3D printing was used in the production of many pieces of the music video’s set, most notably the characters faces, which were each designed, 3D printed, and painstakingly painted into pained and often gruesome expressions. Fortunately, there is a behind-the-scenes video that shows just how much work was put into the making of the music video, check it out:

5. 3D printed jewelry inspired by NASA elevation maps

Waaypoint, a Portland, Oregon-based jewelry design company, is hoping to make its mark in the jewelry industry with its original cartographic inspired 3D printed pieces. Their collection, which so far consists of rings and a pendant, is not only inspired by cartography, but is actually based on NASA’s elevation mapping data, which they have scaled down and incorporated into jewelry pieces.

So far, Waaypoint has only released a ring and pendant which feature the Oregon Cascades’ highest peak, Mt. Hood, but we can only imagine that they are working on creating more landmark pieces (imagine being able to customize your own elevation map ring!). One of our favorite features of the 3D printed jewelry is that the inside of the rings and the back of the pendants are engraved with the mountain’s geographic coordinates, to further honor the stunning location.

The pieces, which are 3D printed and subsequently cast in silver, plated rose gold, or plated 18k gold, are available for order through Waaypoint’s website and range in price from $85 to $145.

6. 3D printed Iron Age jewelry

In our next fashion related story, 3D scanning and printing have helped researchers to recreate a piece of jewelry dating back to the First to Third Century AD. Recently, fragments of an ancient clay jewelry mold were uncovered at The Cairns on South Ronaldsay, Orkney off the northeastern coast of Scotland, but were understandably too fragile to use. Rather than simply keep them as relics, Ben Price, a postgraduate student at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute used a number of 3D technologies to replicate the molds in order to recreate the jewelry they would have been used to make.

Specifically, using 3D scanning technologies Price was able to digitally scan the clay mold fragments, which were a mold for a embellished pin, to create a 3D model of the pin itself. With the 3D model, Price was then able to 3D print the pin out of a wax material, and used it to create a new clay mold. Once the clay of the mold had set, molten bronze (the material that the piece would have originally been made from) was poured into the mold, which melted the wax away. 48 hours later, once the bronze had hardened, the clay mold was broken away to unveil the brand new Iron Age era pin.

Like with other archaeological finds, such as dinosaur bones, 3D scanning and 3D printing have once again provided a non-invasive way of advancing research on ancient relics and artefacts.

7. Order customized 3D printed candy online

Though candy is not strictly fashion or art, there is something to be said about the creative potentials for France-based confectioner Lutti’s 3D printed sweets.

Lutti, one of France’s leading candy manufacturers, has just launched a new online service through which customers can design their own candy, choose its flavor, have it 3D printed and sent to them in the mail. Impressively, though customers can choose to select a shape from Lutti’s many preset options, they can also choose to upload a customized drawing or even photograph, that Lutti will then base the candy design on. Pretty sweet, huh?

The customized candy, which is made in just a few minutes by a special 3D printer, is made from entirely natural ingredients and natural dyes. Though we personally haven’t tried Lutti’s 3D printed candy yet, the texture apparently resembles a fruity paste more than a gummy candy, though this is excusable if you’re able to eat a candy shaped like your dog, or even your friend.

In terms of flavour, clients have the option of choosing from eight different fruit flavours and can choose to have a fizzy coating on the candy as well. The candies, which are admittedly quite large, do cost a pretty penny, at 10 euros a pop.

Tell us, would you buy a customized 3D printed candy? For yourself? As a gift?



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