Models hit runway in 3D printed clothing

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Designers are seeing benefits in going high tech, printing out clothing with details as precise as a tenth of a millimeter small.



Date: Feb 20, 2014

Questions for discussion:

1. Do you feel that 3d printing is the wave of future in the garment industry? Why or Why Not?

2.  What other industries and products do you feel 3d printing will have an impact on?


61 thoughts on “Models hit runway in 3D printed clothing

  1. shane grant

    I think this is a really neat use of the technology. This could very well be used in the future for the garment industry as you can make more personalized clothing in the privacy of your own home. This could also hurt old brick and mortar businesses in the future. I think that the type of materials used in the printing needs to be expanded apon if this is going to be used more as major of the people who will use this for clothing will not want to be wearing plastic material. I can see the mass production for things like hardware and other things that can be made in an efficient and cheap way. This could be applied later on maybe in healthcare for artificial organs and other useful thing.

  2. bayo adejumo

    This is a very interest technology, I never assumed it would be embraced in the world of fashion so quick. I strongly believe that 3D is the wave of the future in the garment industry, as all technologies we know once the is possibility for its future relevance, more improvements would be made. Getting ur designer to create a prototype suit ,jacket, wedding dress and more for you before a memorable event is assurance, that you won’t get screwed on your wedding day. This can be applied in fashion schools to enhance the imagination of fashion designers.
    3D printing can be used in health sector to save life’s and give handicaps hope reduced the number of people on wheel chairs.

  3. Ekow Botwe

    I don’t think that 3D printing is the wave of future in the garment industry. This is because plastic is being used as the main material for this printing. Personally I will feel extremely uncomfortable wearing something plastic. Industries such as shoe and furniture will benefit from this development but not necessarily the garment industry. Cost should be another factor considered in this development. The cost of these printers will definitely be high. I cant just imagine myself wearing something made of plastic. Maybe unless there is no fabric in the world to purchase. As mentioned in the video, being able to print out exactly what you want without having to rely on human intelligence is a good thing. the garment industry is gradually changing and there is a place for 3D printing. Even if it does it wouldn’t last for long because of the cost involved to make it. the only benefit I see with 3D printing is increasing productivity and for exhibition purposes. I believe these 3d printed materials are made for fashion shows but certainly not for going about daily life activities. I also feel that this 3D printing will violate copyright and brand name issues. I believe that 3d printing can be used in industries such as education and technology. In building or architecture, 3D printing can be used in designing prototypes of how the building or structure will look like.

  4. Mark(Xiangyuan Ma)

    I don’t think 3D printer is the wave of future in the garment industry. Since it can only use plastic to make stuff, the cloth would not be comfortable and easy to break. However, I believe it will have a bright future. When the computer first came out, it is really big and expensive, normal family can not afford it, but now most of the family have a computer and possibly several laptop. In my opinion, the 3D printer will be the next computer. It can be use on furniture industry, decoration industry, model industry and even medical industry very well. Furthermore, even if it can not produce with other material, people can use it to design what they want and send it to the industry which can make it for them. I’ve always dream to design my own stuff and 3D printer might make it come true without going to a design school. Just imagine how cool it would be to design your own car, decoration, furniture. All the things around you would be exactly what you want and it will save you a lot of time to go out seeking stuff which you may never find. Nevertheless, it is quit expensive right now, but I think it would became cheaper and everyone can afford it in the near future.

  5. Julie Anderson

    I feel that computational fashion has potential in parts of the garment industry. The customization possibilities that 3D printing holds are impressive. I think that it has practical application in the world of footwear. Many people are very picky and precise about how their shoes fit, and many people have the right to do so. So if there are individuals with plantar fasciitis, or with extra wide feet, or weirdly long toes, they might be able to finally find shoes that are comfortable and fit properly. When it comes to every day garments, I do not really see the practicality. What would the washing instructions be for a plastic dress? And how comfortable would that really be? For now computational fashion seems to be something that belongs solely on the high fashion runways.
    3D printing will have a much greater impact in other, more practical industries. I believe it has major potential in the medical field. If doctors and surgeons are able to customize and print objects that are usually taken from donors, I believe there will be a much higher success rate. Even with joint replacement alone. Patients would no longer have to wait for a donor to pass away in order to get their knee or hip. They could have a surgeon print them their own, and I am sure that it will fit a lot better than a hand-me-down. This technology could save patients from years of waiting in pain, and allow them to gain their mobility back quicker.

  6. Chelsea Minor

    I strongly believe that 3D printing is the wave of future in the garment industry. Like the video stated that in just a few years’ people could put their exact measurements into the program and get shoes or clothing exactly tailored to their sizes. A lot of women struggle with finding clothes that fit their bodies. When they go shopping and can’t find anything it can cause them to leave feeling frustrated and insecure. With the 3D printing it could eliminate the possibility of something not fitting. Another frustration with shopping is sizes can change from store to store or designer-to-designer which can make it hard to find clothes that fit you correctly. Obviously there are some changes that need to be made to make the clothes wearable for day-to-day activities. Printing the material in other then plastic would need to be something that is changed but I do believe that 3D printing has a strong future if these small kinks were worked out. I see 3D printing becoming very useful for industries that create a lot of the same product. Printing could be quick and take out the process of assembly lines. I could also see 3D printing becoming a big part of education. Teachers could use these 3D printers as a learning tool for students and give them the ability to physically see things in front of them instead of on a screen. As well students could use 3D printing for things such as projects. No matter what industry it is I don’t see 3D printing as a negative thing and I am excited to see what happens with it in the future.

  7. yuxuan.hou

    according to the article, i see the 3D Printing is a process of making a three-dimensional object from a digital model. according to Kiwi surfboard designer, Roy Stuart, saw the swell that is 3D printing and decided to paddle forward and ride the wave into his future mode of production. For two decades, Stuart has specialized in handcrafted surfboards, a spiritual and taxing art. With a quality reputation to honour, the finished product could often take over 40 laborious hours to reach the level of perfection associated with Stuart’s designs.a 3d Print has high-resolution or low-resolution, where high-res is a lot of pixels very densely packed together so our eyes see one smooth picture, and low-res has fewer pixels and therefore the picture looks more blocky and less smooth. therefore, i could make sure the3d printing is the wave of future in the garment industry

  8. Nothando Ngwenya

    One thing that struck me about this video is the fact that the models looked extremely uncomfortable walking in this 3D printed clothing. That, in itself, made it even less possible for me to be convinced by this technology that I was already rather critical about to begin with. Firstly, paper is made for writing. Printing out material is just an easier option to produce material than what was used before, and I feel like it is being misused at this point. What this 3D printing of clothing is doing is akin to one using a kitchen utensil as a bedroom cleaner just because it is something that has proven to be possible. I do not see much of a future with this, even with high-tech designers,etc., who are known to be risk takers of the highest level. I feel that, should this 3D technology be used in any way, it should be as a cost-effective way to clothe dolls or to design clothes without using fabric and just wasting it when they find out that they do not like a design they may have come up with. Printed clothing, to me, will be a great way in which to have clothing defeat its main purpose which is simply to cover up bodies and provide decency and warmth to those wearing them. The design of the clothing is just an added advantage and pleasure to the fabric used,which is the actual need. Wool is used for warmth and cotton is used for neutrality, especially in the summer when temperatures are so hot that even the lightest silk does not seem to serve its purpose. Using plastic just defeats the purpose. The clothes will look lovely, yes, but they will not keep people warm. The shoes that the people wear are bound to provide no kind of comfort, although they will provide a whole lot of funky designs. AND the quality of clothing will just be low. I do not know about other people, but I appreciate knowing that my shoes are made from leather and my jeans are 100% cotton, etc.. Wearing plastic would take away this appreciation and will make not one of my clothes mean more than the other. There would be no point in my paying 20 dollars for a shirt if it is made of plastic, regardless of how much time money and effort it took to design. People generally pay for the material, not necessarily the labour behind the sewing of the material and it is highly unlikely to see people going out of their way to pay for plastic. In spite of my clear lack of support for this new adventure that the fashion society has decided to embark on, I would really like to see how far this goes and in what direction too.

  9. Samantha Mazury

    I feel like there is definitely a potential for this to be further adapted in the garment industry in the future. More specifically in the direction that the one lady in the video talked about, which was that it could theoretically scan your body and then custom design clothing for you specifically. I think that idea alone has so much potential as ultimately that is what consumers want. Consumers like the idea of custom made garments, especially garments that are designed and fitted to fit them “perfectly”. Anyone who cares about what they wear or has even the slightest interest in fashion I think would be intrigued by this new technology. I definitely feel that there is a market for these custom 3D printed designed garments and see a bright future for this.

    I feel like the (as seen in the video) the footwear industry will be impacted by this new 3D printing technology. And even further the possibilities could continue: I see the possibility of 3D printing of jewelry, handbags, sunglasses, etc. and any type of related accessory or item in the fashion industry. Even straying away from the fashion industry, I see the possibility of 3D printing in industries such as custom sports equipment, electronics, toys, automotive parts, etc… Any industry that has a certain custom factor to it, or manufacturing component could be impacted by this technology. The ability of 3D printers to customize and make things with such precision that humans are unable to is such a revolutionary technology that I’m sure we will start to see more and more implications of this in various industries as time progresses.

  10. Britney Anderson

    I do not believe that 3D printing will revolutionize the garment industry in future years. Although 3D printing allows for greater creativity and more intricate and detailed designs, I do not think that consumers will find them appealing, since 3D clothing is being printed on plastic. Consumers will not likely want to purchase plastic clothing, as it is probably less comfortable than traditional fabrics. One of the benefits of 3D printing in the clothing industry is that items can be customized to each person’s preferences, and can be fit to the correct size. Designers are also able to try clothing designs out on the computer before they are printed, which is easier than traditional clothing design where new designs have to be sewn by machine or by hand. Despite the benefits of 3D printing, I do not think that consumers will purchase 3D printed items, unless designers are able to print on fabric instead of plastic.

    I think that 3D printing could potentially be useful in the medical and prosthetic field. Medical technicians could use body scans and computer imaging to customize artificial limbs, braces, etc. using 3D printing. Another beneficial application of 3D printing would be product design and prototyping. Most commercial industries could benefit from this application. Products could be designed and customized using computers and design software. Then product designs could be printed, and then tested for functionality, feasibility, aesthetic appeal, etc. before product designs are sent to factories for manufacturing. The applications for 3D are limitless, and will continue to grow.


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