HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Dave Palmer
User Rank
Platinum
Re: It's only an exercise in materials...
Dave Palmer   6/25/2011 9:30:52 PM
NO RATINGS
TJ, if you go to Continuum Fashion's website (http://www.continuumfashion.com/N12.html), there are some photos of someone actually wearing this.

I can't imagine that covering sensitive parts of one's body with hard plastic circles connected by springs would be particularly comfortable, although the website claims that it is "comfortably wearable." It also seems that the circle packing pattern, as mathematically interesting as it is, has the potential to be embarassingly revealing.  (In one of the pictures, it's hard to tell, but it looks like the model might possibly be wearing something underneath the plastic, which would seem like a sensible thing to do).

I'm not exactly a fashionista; I buy most of my clothes on sale at Sears.  However, there were some interesting things in the video.  For one thing, it was interesting to see the circle packing algorithm at work.  Also, Jenna Fizel (who developed the circle packing algorithm) made the point that modern computation actually developed out of textile production.  This was something I didn't know much about, but Wikipedia was able to enlighten me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaccard_loom

 

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
It's only an exercise in materials...
TJ McDermott   6/24/2011 11:58:45 PM
NO RATINGS
Until a brave soul puts it on to model the bikini.

Greg Stirling
User Rank
Platinum
3D Bikinis
Greg Stirling   6/24/2011 1:52:37 PM
NO RATINGS
The logical next step for this particular application would be to set up a retail site where the customers body is scanned, 3D model created and custom clothes made on the spot.  Control or padding could be added in certian areas.  Would seem like a fashion designers dream...  

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Automotive applications
Charles Murray   6/24/2011 12:18:43 PM
NO RATINGS
I could see this technology being used by the auto industry (if it isn't being used already) for mules and concept cars, especially in vehicle interiors.

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: 3D Printing Goes Consumer
Beth Stackpole   6/24/2011 12:02:07 PM
NO RATINGS
I think you're on to something Alex. I just did an interview with Brian Matthews, head of Autodesk Labs, on their new technology release called Photofly, which essentially takes a series of 40 or so regular photos and via a cloud service, converts them into a 3D model (story will be posted shortly--stay tuned!). Any way, he talked a lot about that. The combination of technologies like Photofly with lower cost 3D printers and even CNC machines giving smaller manufacturers or even retail specialists an edge producing custom gear tailored for individuals--everything from hearing aids to high-fashion like the N12 bikini.

Alexander Wolfe
User Rank
Blogger
3D Printing Goes Consumer
Alexander Wolfe   6/24/2011 11:02:59 AM
NO RATINGS
As you report, the lower price point of 3D printers is driving the technology into new consumer applications. I expect we'll see a flood of what, for want of a better phase, one could call "boutique" 3D prototyping/manufacturing. I could even imagine a small-scale retail entrepreneur setting up something like a novelty shop version of this stuff, where your 3D resin-based product is "printed" before your eyes.

Jennifer Campbell
User Rank
Gold
What will they think of next?
Jennifer Campbell   6/24/2011 10:36:42 AM
NO RATINGS
Very interesting story, Beth. I have to wonder, though, no matter how thin this bikini is, I can't imagine you would you stay very cool in it. For $450-$500, any ideas on who this would appeal to? Do these designers see a fashion trend hitting the beaches anytime soon?



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
A small team of engineers has created a tackling dummy robot that's comparable to training with human players on the football field.
Several plastics and elastomers have come out recently for different parts of cars, as well as for multi-material medical devices and for onboard base station antenna components.
Work in embedding conductive materials into commercially available yarn could lead to energy textiles that store power for use.
A ball bearing developed for turbofan engines by FAG Aerospace of Germany and MTU Aero Engines could have other uses such as turbines, pumps, and gearbox stages.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
8/13/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/24/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/10/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 14 - 18, Controlling Sensors Efficiently with MCUs
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Course August 25-27:
Sponsored by MICROMO
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service