April 13, 2014

Tailoring clothes could be the next big thing for 3D printers , as designers have found a way to manufacture personalized garments using new technology.

Chinese designer Zhang Hongyu has launched a series of 3D printed swimsuit collection at Shanghai Fashion Week 2014. The 3D printed polymer used for the swimsuit is silicone, Zhang points out, the 3D printing technology allows designers to add delicate elements to their design while still gives a soft feel.

In the future customers could just send in body scans and get their garment "printed" according to their body shape, says the designer. The cost of the technology has plummeted in recent years, empowering designers to create products on their own. In 2011, designer Mary Huang at Continuum Fashion created the N12, the first completely 3D-printed, ready-to-wear bikini. The new technology cuts a designer's manufacturing costs and allow them to experiment in small batches and sell apparel in limited editions.

"This is not just a swimsuit, it also makes the people who wear it feel happy and look charming. Swimming is part of beach culture. So we want our customers to experience beach culture, to make them feel like they're on a relaxing holiday," Zhang said.

Source: CNTV


Posted in 3D Printing Applications

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AMnerd wrote at 4/14/2014 10:07:19 AM:

This smells like a fake

TK wrote at 4/13/2014 6:04:34 PM:

I like the idea of going on vacation, checking into hotel, getting a body scan, and ordering garments for vacation. Then the garments are 3d printed over night so that I can use them on vacation. They could recycle the garments for next guests. Considering how limited my time is to vacation and such different locations or types of gear I'd need (beach, camping, snow etc), this cuts down on my expenses and is a key differentiator for destinations...

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