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3D Fashion: New Research Project Wants the Fashion of the Future to be 3D Printed

by • April 19, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_3dstyle_loughborough_uni_logoIn the past few years we have seen 3D printing utilized to turn it into a few awe-inspiring things that many of us most likely mayn’t have dreamed of taking place in our lifetime. The innovation has been utilized to 3D print cars, entire houses, food, custom medications, consumer products and soon they can actually be 3D printing living tissue. What is truly awe-inspiring of 3D printing is the vast applications that it has been utilized to turn it into, and every one of them required its own innovation and research to ideal and get right. What is actually extra
amazing is the sheer number of uses for 3D printing that are yet being created and idealed.

Most 3D printed textiles are created via SLS 3D printing devices.

Most 3D printed textiles are created via SLS 3D printing devices.

Whilst we’ve seen a lot of 3D printed clothing, for the many part there have been little to no practical applications yet. That does not mean that there hasn’t been a ton of awe-inspiring research into wearable 3D printed clothing and fabrics, but there are yet a few kinks to work out of the system. Primarily 3D printed fabrics and textiles are printed via a selective laser sintering system for the reason it offers the top level of more detail needed to create movable materials that can be turned into clothing. Unfortunately the more detail yet is not satisfactory adequate to make practical clothing, but the research has created a few new and smart geometries that may actuallytually be scaled down into lightweight and wearable 3D printed fabrics.

A new joint research project of the UK’s Loughborough University and global textile and garment developer Yeh Group is looking to take 3D printed textiles of concept to wearable. Product and Industrial Design Senior Lecturer Dr. Guy Bingham is the head of the new project and is hoping their research can ultimately alter the way that we create, make and wear clothing. The 18-month project is called 3D Fashion and the goal is to create finished, ready-to-wear clothing directly of raw materials in a single making operation. The ultimate goal is to turn it into a 3D printing system that can be commercialized and utilized to make customized clothing via polymer materials.

3D printed textiles can be printed in any color, that virtually eliminates the pollution and waste cautilized by traditional dyeing.

3D printed textiles can be printed in any color, that virtually eliminates the pollution and waste cautilized by traditional dyeing.

“[3D printing] allows for us as createers to innovate faster and turn it into personalised, ready-to-wear style in a digital world with no geometrical constraints and almany zero waste material. We envisage that with extra
development of the innovation, we may 3D print a garment inside 24 hours. Printing clothes via AM can revolutionise the style industry of the world by opening up digital making to the masses via online retail, delivering a much needed update to nineteenth
century techniques and systemes. This modern approach to clothing production helps meet the expanding demand for personalised apparel and footwear that through 3D printing can be created in a sustainable and ethical way,” said Dr Bingham.

3D printed textile geometries up close.

3D printed textile geometries up close.

Traditional clothing making is amazingly wasteful and environmentally damaging. China yet creates many of the world’s textiles, and in 2010 alone it systemed extra
than 41 millions tons of fibers. Unfortunately, that year they in addition created three billions tons of air pollution, millions of tons of wasted fabric material and every individual mill utilized an average of 200 tons of water for every ton of fabric that was dyed, making extra
than two and a half billion tons of waste water. But 3D printing can virtually eliminate all of that pollution, while in addition encouraging extra
localized clothing making and production.

“3D Fashion assists the Yeh Group vision of direct polymer to garment make. The Yeh Group is always striving to cut out unnecessary waste and resource use, and assist the industry’s goals of faster to market, creating a making innovation that brands and retailers can install nearer to their customers. This is all with no compromise to performance,” explained Yeh Group Managing Director David Yeh.

By means of 3D scanning to turn it into custom-fit clothing.

By means of 3D scanning to turn it into custom-fit clothing.

Not just can 3D printed clothing dramatically reduce waste, pollution, labor costs and CO2 emissions, but it can in addition be utilized to create completely personalized garments, without adding any extra
costs to the system. Because it does not cost any extra
to 3D print objects with varying geometries, new clothing developers may use modern, 3D scanning innovation to turn it into customized clothing that is created specifically for the wearers body. You can read extra
of the 3D Fashion project here. Do you ponder 3D Printed Clothing can be talked about in the next? Discuss in the 3D Printed Textiles & Clothes forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source/Images: 3D Fashion / Source: The Engineer]

Here is a video of the 3D Fashion Project: