3D Print Boom in Fashion Design: What Fashion Designers are doing with the latest developments in 3D Print Technology

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3D Print Technology has rapidly developed in the last year alone to allow everything from houses to human skin grafts to be printed. Fashion Spyder reports on this incredible new toolbox and the pioneering fashion designers that are using it best.

Gabriela Ligenza Hats-Photography by Josh Shinner

"Every tool has its limits but this has far less limits than any other tool I've ever used." Francis Bitonti

Designers and engineers have now been using 3D printers for over a decade to create prototypes, small parts and also just purely experimental pieces. Since 2010, the cost of 3D printers has decreased dramatically to a fraction of the price, now making it possible to buy yourself a desktop 3D printer for your home or studio. Meanwhile the possibilities of this technology are increasing rapidly and we are seeing everything from large-scale industrial machines such as cars, aircraft parts and even houses to micro-scale organic products such as human skin grafts and bone prosthetics being printed. This exciting new technology is rapidly developing in many diverse industries and, with our love of wearable technology growing just as rapidly, fashion designers are creating some incredible wearable designs. In this report, we look at the best use of 3D printing technology in fashion design…so far.

Fashion designers are always searching for new materials and textiles with which to create and express their concepts, and now scientists and engineers have created a whole new toolbox they can work with. With the possibilities of creating the perfect fit by scanning the body and then printing the fabric directly, the designer can create unique pieces of bespoke Haute Couture in a fraction of the time and cost it traditionally would. What once was a long and expensive process can now be attained at the push of a button.

Fashion Spyder is an online network supporting emerging designers worldwide. Our Fashion Journal is dedicated to providing relevant industry news and information specific to contemporary fashion designers whether established or recently graduated. For more information on Fashion Spyder, please visit http://www.fashionspyder.com and for press information, please contact karen(at)fashionspyder(dot)com.

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