3D Printing and Fashion – New Applications Driving New Innovations

It seems the wait is over for purchasing accessories from businesses focused entirely on 3D printed collections.

The limitations of the materials are proving no obstacle to the fashion industry’s ready and effective adoption of the machines for accessory production. We’re now beginning to see avant garde 3D printed fashion labels such as the Rogue and the Wolf.

Rogue and Wolf - Bison Skull Earrings

Rogue and Wolf’s 3D printed Bison Skull earrings

More examples after the break.

We have also seen the unveiling of the first commercially available 3D printed shoe collection courtesy Continuum Fashion:

Continuum Fashion - Daphne Black 3D printed shoe

Continuum Fashion’s “Daphne” 3D printed shoe

As the flexibility of both 3D printers and their materials steadily improves, several blogs are following the proliferation of 3D printing. Some (such as Mashable) are a bit concerned about the threat to traditional production, others (such as the Guardian) are celebrating a more in-house and modular way of producing fashion sustainably and locally.

Personally, I think this is an extremely good thing, as finding ready application for the tools will both drive and fund research and innovation. Already fashion has been driving both materials research (such as 3D printed rubber) and new printing methods (such as 3D weaving).

Stratasys 3D Printed Rubber

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