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.
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.
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. :)
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
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