April 10, 2013

3D printing is increasingly used in fashion and design, from this week London College of Fashion will be exhibiting a selection of 3D printed fashion, shoes, glasses, clothes and accessories from more than ten designers.

The exhibition will feature a Makerbot Replicator 2 printer which will run twice a day, enabling the visitor to see first hand the 3D printing process. It will be used to produce new work by jeweller Silvia Weidenbach and then be put on display.

3D printed sunglasses by Ron Arad

Using 3D printing as tool London designer Ron Arad has created a serie of 3D-printed sunglasses for eyewear brand pq.

The frames are printed from nylon powder using selective laser sintering (SLS) technology and available in various colours. Arad has been worked with 3D printing since 1999, he is also one of the first designers who use 3D printing to produce vases, lights and jewellery.

Angel pq eyewear by Ron Arad

Archway pq eyewear by Ron Arad

Highgate pq eyewear by Ron Arad

Shoes and eyewear demonstrate a variety of ways materials have recently been used.

3D printed shoes by Marla-Marchant

By Marla-Marchant

3D Printed Melonia shoe

The Melonia shoe, developed by fashion designer Naim Josefi with industrial designer Souzan Yusouf, are 3D printed by i.materialise. Each shoe is printed according to precise foot measurements.

The shoe is designed as a closed loop system - a person can go into a shop, have their foot scanned and a shoe printed in a homogenous, recyclable material.

Designed by Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf, printed by i.materialise

3D Printed Biomimicry Shoe

Also on display is the Biomimicry Shoe, printed by i.materialise and designed by Marieka Ratsma in collaboration with Kostika Spaho, with intricate details and elaborated surfaces fabricated with 3D printing.

'Jewellery Morph' — Julia Gaimster & Enrique Ramos

Julia Gaimster has worked with Enrique Ramos to create a programme through which the design of a ring can be altered via twitter.

'Jewellery Morph' — Julia Gaimster & Enrique Ramos

3D Printed shoes by designer Hoon Chung

Designer Hoon Chung's shoes, printed by EOS, demonstrate how the upper and lower parts of an object can be printed together as one part in multiple materials. While the upper is made of a soft, flexible material, the heel, sole and shank are printed together in a hard plastic that maintains the structural integrity of the shoe. This innovative printing process significantly reduces material waste and eliminates the use of toxic glues.

Layer by Layer is running from 10 April – 18 May 3 at the Fashion Space Gallery.

Fashion Space Gallery
London College of Fashion
20 John Princes Street



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