The beginning of the common history of 3D printing and fashion  can be dated back to 2010. Online shops selling customize jewelry and accessories from 3D printer are already well known. One of a kind plastic bracelets are artsy and easy to be printed out in 3D. Starting from there, 3D printers begun to broadening their scope of practicability.

Back in 2011 TIME Magazine named Iris van Herpen’s 3D printed dress one of the 50 Best Inventions of the year 2011 . Iris van Herpen is part of Chambre Syn-dicale de la Haute Couture and known for pushing the boundaries of materials and design within the fashion industry. Since then printers are getting closer to producing good fabric-like materials, starting a real revolution in 3D printers and fashion marriage.

Engineers and software programmers has created a novel process that allows a 3D printed dress to move and sway like real fabric. The method to create such a dress combines origami techniques with novel approaches to 3D printing. The plastic parts are cleaned and dyed, resulting in a little black dress made from tiny, interlocking bricks of plastic. Crafted by MIT alums Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jes-se Louis-Rosenberg, the dress could represent the early stages of a fashion manufacturing revolution since all previously 3D-printed dresses have been made in multiple parts that required some degree of assembly. This is the first 3D-printed dress that was wearable straight out of the machine as the engineers used simulation to compress design into an efficient form factor for printing as a single part.

Where this is going? Just imagine you are home shopping for something to wear the next evening party and you send your perfect body scan out, so that you can then use your 3D printer to print out that perfect tailored little black dress.

It has the potential to do great things for the industry: create shorter lead times for designers, offer the ability to produce things in smaller quantities, and create easy personalization. –says Karolina Boladz, COO from Zortrax.

Zortrax M200 was recently used to produce corset for fashion show. At first the model was scanned, not so to get accurate measurements but for the whole story to be complete, starting from scanning her, getting to design on top of the s canned file and finishing by printing the corset. All 20 parts of the garment were cleaned off the supports and stitched together, joints were sanded them to get them smooth and invisible and was finished with white satin enamel spray and the final touch was given by a white pearl varnish.

Zortrax COO – Karolina Boladz – expected many benefits for small designers. For young brands, 3D printing offers manufacturing exactly to order. But on a basic level, 3D printing solves the longstanding problem of sizing. – If this would become reality, 3D scanners and printers could revolutionise the way we order out clothes. The dream of online shopping with guarantee that jackets and dress will fit perfectly is about to come true.

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