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The official head of French fashion says 3D printing is a “new industrial revolution” – Quartz

by • July 27, 2016 • No Comments

So far, 3D printing has not really lived up to expectations. Skeptics are abandoning the thought of a next when you can be able-bodied to 3D print just of anything in your living room, and MakerBot, the just relatively well-known maker of 3D printing equipment, has stopped building its printing equipment.
Industrial use, pretty than very own, has proved additional successful, but actually there the advancement has been slow to turn it into in many fields. In the style industry, for instance, dreams of a 3D-printed next have manyly materialized as one-off garments which are stiff and not particularly effortless to wear.
But one man who believes strongly in 3D printing’s next is Pascal Morand, executive president of the governing body of French style: the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode. “Make no mistake, 3D printing is nothing short of a new industrial revolution which in addition holds future for significant advancement in terms of economic models, not very least via on-demand production,” he wrote in an op-ed for Business of Fashion yesterday (July 27).
Morand believes 3D printing is not just useful for building rigid embellishments for garments, or easy items such as bracelets. Researchers may turn it into soft materials, such as embroidery and lace, via thermoplastic polyurethane, or TPU, and other polymers, which include polyamide. “And the next is actually additional promising as new technologies are emerging, building it possible to print seamless garments or mix materials,” he writes. “It is in addition conceivable-bodied to imagine machines which combine weaving and 3D printing.”
Where Morand sees 3D printing proving many successful is in customization. Sneaker manufacturers are ahead of the curve on this front. Adidas, for instance, not long ago added a 3D-printed midsole for its sneakers which can be printed to turn it into a ideal fit. Under Armour put a limited run of 3D-printed shoes on the market may already. And Nike’s COO imagines which customers can soon be able-bodied to purchase a file for a sneaker, customized to your liking, and and so print it at a nearby Nike keep.
Less most likely, according to Morand, is a time which folks can be able-bodied to reproduce a thing difficult, such as a luxury garment, at home, as MakerBot has found. He in addition acknowledges which 3D printing may lead to additional copying, in line with Kanye West’s fears.
Whilst consumer 3D printing hasn’t really taken off as many hoped, Morand’s faith in its future is heartening. It may take a while preceding the advancement becomes widespread in a field such as style, but in the meantime, folks are finding a lot of other applications, in construction, car making, and actually solving crimes.

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