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3D-Printed Clothing Hits the Paris Runway

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Elizabeth M
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No limits to 3D printing
Elizabeth M   1/25/2013 6:52:11 AM
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There seem to be no limits to what can be done with 3D printers as they evolve. This is pretty incredible! Maybe one day we'll be printing our own clothes at home with printers. It doesn't replace good old-fashioned sewing and custom clothes made by hand, but stil it's interesting to think about.

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NadineJ   1/25/2013 9:24:47 AM
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3D printing in fashion has been around for a while.  They were amoung the first adopters.  Apparel was done on a smaller scale, like this, used on the runway only for the wow factor.

But, you can buy easily printed jewelry.  I first saw pieces in the MOMA store years ago.  They were reasonably priced

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Charles Murray   1/25/2013 2:50:21 PM
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It's interesting that they mention "the ability to vary softness and elasticity." Yet, the clothes on the model in that photo look stiff, not soft. More plastic than elastic.

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Greg M. Jung   1/25/2013 11:29:40 PM
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If 3D printed clothing ever takes off, I can also see where each garment can be individually sized for the unique measurements of each wearer.

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bdcst   1/28/2013 11:32:41 AM
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Actually, I do see 3D printing as a means of eliminating the "cheap labor" required to fulfill our need for affordable clothing in a world where the middle class would otherwise be less able to afford the basics.  Get rid of the seamstress or shoe stitcher and clothing manufacturing can once again return to our shores saving on transportation costs too.

Custom tayloring would still be at a premium, but would be more affordable.  Heck, the other day I ordered a black tee shirt to use with my audio/video location production business with custom 2D printing.  It arrived in less than a week for a one off price that was very reasonable.

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Elizabeth M   1/28/2013 2:30:09 PM
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Hey, that is a great idea. It's quite expensive to have clothes custom made but they fit so much better. If you can design, scale and print your own, there won't be any more need to have things tailored or have to suffer with ill-fitting clothing. Women of the world will be delighted. :)

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Materialise better Model of Flexibility / Re: No limits to 3D printing
RW-in-DC   1/28/2013 3:12:35 PM
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Materialise's article about the show includes both their design and the "armor" one: http://www.materialise.com/cases/wearable-stratasys-and-materialise-3d-printed-pieces-hit-paris-fashion-week-at-iris-van-herpen

The picture of just Materialise's model:

http://www.materialise.com/sites/default/files/materialise-3d-printed-dress_lowres.jpg

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   1/28/2013 4:22:17 PM
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That is what I wonder about, Charles...how comfortable could these clothes really be? I guess that is an evolving process...

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ttemple   1/28/2013 4:41:33 PM
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What I wonder about is what would have happened if a man had posted that picture!!

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Charles Murray   1/28/2013 5:19:46 PM
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Yes, I agree about the comfort, Liz. I believe that dress could stand up by itself.

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