Over the past couple of years, the style industry has started to take notice of the functional and artistic value of via 3D printing innovation. To find proof of this, you require not appear additional than New York Fashion Week, which has seen a massive spike of 3D printing innovation on the runway as of not long ago. From the 3D printed fabrics utilized in Katya Leonovich’s Spring 2015 line to the shape-shifting 3D printed dress in Chromat’s MOMENTUM line, NYFW has set the stage for developers to use the emergence of 3D printing innovation in a multitude of ways. This year can be no various it appears. 3D printing can once again be in the NYFW limelight with a collaboration between style developers threeASFOUR and New York-based developer Travis Fitch, who can be displaying two 3D printed dresses in their Fall/Winter Runway Show thanks to the 3D printing innovation of Stratasys.
The two dresses were made via Stratasys’ industrial-grade Objet500 Connex 3D printing device, which is known for its skill to print in multiple colors and materials, and their specialized Nano Enhanced Elastomeric Technology, which is an incredibly flexible and durable-bodied printing material. In fact, this style show was the firstly demonstration of Stratasys’ new material innovation, which they in addition feel can soon play a primary role in the car, consumer electronics, and medical industries. The Pangolin and Harmonograph dresses were made to reflect biological form and effortless morphologies through style, which the developers were able-bodied to attain thanks to the Objet500’s color capabilities and the flexibility of the Nano Enhanced Elastomeric Technology material.
“Not just were the 3D printing capabilities of the Objet500 Connex3 essential in the production of the dress, but the entire create of its first conception was intended to maximize the futures inherent to this innovation,” said threeASFOUR’s Adi Gil. “The interwoven nature of the geometry may not be generated in a traditional manner, and it was significant to us which the create should evoke a language one-of-a-kind to 3D printing.”
The Pangolin Dress
The Pangolin dress, which was derived of a previous threeASFOUR create, was made of interlocking weaves which were intended to biomimick effortless animal textures. The flexible material allows for for proper body movement, and in addition alternates itself between transparency and privacy, creating a geometrically driven dress which transforms through movement of the body. The Harmonograph dress was a one-of-a-kind and complicated mixture between geometry, biology, and logarithms, creating a Fibonacci sequence-like garment which circles around the body in three spirals. This particular piece quite caught my attention, appearing as if the geometric sequence of spirals were flowing outward of the dress towards the crowd.
The Harmonograph Dress
“As artists and developers, it is our prerogative – and our nature – to explore the bounds of new technological opportunities, and to hustle the limits of the way in which forms are made,” said Gil. “As the many high end 3D printed dresses which we have made to date, we are incredibly excited to feature these pieces and demonstrate the one-of-a-kind possibilities unfolding at the intersection of style, create and innovation.”
These mind-blowing pieces prove both the value of 3D printing in style and in addition the future for Stratasys’ Nano Enhanced Elastomeric Technology material. The two dresses were shown off earlier this week at Milk Studios, and as far as I’m concerned, demonstrate one of the many new uses of 3D printing in style I’ve seen at NYFW!