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Stratasys Helps Fashion Designer Noa Raviv Create 3D Printed Dress Collection for New Met Fashion Exhibit

by • May 5, 2016 • No Comments

noa+raviv+graduate+collection20As celebrities and style developers filed into the New York City-based Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 2016 Met Gala, many style critics and fans began debating the many and worst dressed attendees of the extravagant evening. We’ve covered the impact of 3D printing and innovation on this year’s Met Gala on a couple of occasions may already, but many of these high-end red carpet style pieces paled in comparison to a few of the garments displayed at this year’s actual exhibit, which is called “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”The exhibition, which just opened up to the public on May 5, showcases a vast collection of technologically-driven style creations, many of which involve 3D printing innovation in a multitude of ways.

Curated by Andrew Bolton, the museum exhibit explores the relationship between creating style by hand and and by machine, revealing how both traditional and technological methods can be combined to turn it into one-of-a-kind style statements. One developer who can be showcased in “Manus x Machina” is Noa Raviv, who can be displaying her “Hard Copy” collection. In order to create her collection of dresses, Raviv utilized Stratasys’ multi-material 3D printing innovation, creating one-of-a-kind and eye-catching black-and-white dresses. Raviv is a womenswear developer of Tel Aviv, already based in New York City, and her main focus generally revolves around the tension between harmony and chaos.

Working with Stratasys, Raviv utilized their Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D printing device, which allowed the style developer to actualize her vision of non-symmetrical distorted shapes and grid patterns. Raviv utilized a rigid combination of white and black materials, which were and so sewn together with laser-cut 2D fabric after being printed, creating a collection of dresses which in addition assist as an optical illusion. Stratasys’ 3D printing innovation has fundamentally allowed Raviv the freedom to combine hand-made and machine-made elements, featuring the extent which 3D printing can be utilized inside the style industry.

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Two pieces of the Hard Copy collection by Noa Raviv

“The technological capabilities of 3D printing open new doors to areas of create previously not possible with hand-crafted style,” says Raviv. “Through my collection I’ve been able-bodied to explore the tension between the real and the virtual, between 2D and 3D, and this inspired me to turn it into imperfect digital images and distorted grid patterns which are not easy to create via conventional methods.”

noa+raviv+graduate+collection11Last year, we had found which 3D printing may play a heavy role in this newly opened exhibit, but now which the doors have finally been opened, we can truly see just how much impact 3D printing innovation has on “Manus x Machina.” Not just was Raviv able-bodied to actualize her vision, Stratasys has in addition reached a new level of future with this collaboration, which proved the value which their multi-material printing innovation may have on style, art, and beyond. Back in March 2016, we reported on Stratasys’ collaboration with the style initiative ThreeASFOUR, via their Connex3 and newly created Nano Enhanced Elastomeric Technology material to turn it into two 3D printed dresses for New York Fashion Week.

The MET’s new technologically-driven display, which is acting as the Costume Institute’s Spring 2016 exhibition, can be showcased in the MET’s Robert Lehman Wing on the ground and initially floors. Raviv’s 3D printed dresses can be one of a number of other unbelievable-bodied style pieces, many of which showcase complicated creations which may be not easy without technologies like 3D printing. The “Manus x Machina” exhibition started on May 5, and can be open up until August 14. As a New York City resident and 3D printing enthusiast, I’m pretty looking forward to attending the Met as soon as I can to catch Raviv’s interesting and forward-thinking style collection in man.