3D printing fashion

As I have mention in one of my previous posts, 3D printing is already emerging into the fashion industry. Though many of the examples are not made of sustainable materials, the technology itself is widely used and regconised. Here are some of my favorites from the past years.

2013 Victoria secret fashion show

For this show VS worked with Swarovski to print one of the runway look for the annual fashion show. The show is famous for its lingerie and of course the angel wings. Swarovski printed 3D snowflakes for the model to wear and I think it is a great start in their journey to 3D printing bigger angel wings for the future shows.

3D printed gown by Michael Schmidt for Dita Von Teese

Schmidt design this dress completely made of 3D printed material, it suites Dita so wear for her personality, and it is actually tailor made, and fits her so perfectly. It proves that 3D printing can make perfect dresses.

3D printed shoes by behrad ghodsi

These shoes are designed for comfort, custom made to the person wearing them. Fashionable, and forward thinking.

Remember those days when you have to go to a shoe maker for tailor made shoes? That’s how Jimmy Choo started his career. Though I admire the craftsmanship, the technology gives wider access to the public for better made shoes. If we develop on this technology, we can mix design and technology together and change how the fashion industry works. Though I think of the preservence of craftsmanship, I am even more excited about the future where I can make my own very comfortable shoes.





History of 3D printing

3D printing has actually existed since 1980s, and its revolution during the last 30 years resulted in what we have today.

1972 – Mitsbushi motors proposes to use photopolymers for car parts.

1981- Hideo Kodama invented a photopolymers prototyping system in the Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute, Japan. It is similar to what we see in the modern day layer laser cutting.

1984 – Charles Hull invented stereolithography, a technology that allows you to make a 3D model digitally. It is one of the first methods of what we now call 3D printing.

1991 – The first fused deposition modelling machine was invented. It layers plastic on the bed to create a print.

1992 – 3D systems produce the first SLA 3D Printer machine. Below is one of the newer versions available now.

1992 – The first selective laser sintering machine was produced by DTM. It is different from the SLA machines because it doesn’t use liquid, but powder to print.

The inside of a SLS machine

1994 –  The first wax machine was created by model maker.

1997 – The first laser additive manufacturing was invented by Aeromet. Below is the process.

2000 – The first 3D inkjet printer invented by Object Geometries.

2001 – The first desktop 3D printer invented by Solidimension.

2008 –   Stratasys developed its first biocompatible FDM material, which is just too cool.

2008 – Shapeways, the god father of 3D printing online service was created.


2008 – Makerbot released Thingiverse website and the first open source machine. The machine was sold for $750.

2011 – Urbee by Kor Ecologic was the first 3D printed car.

Ofcourse, throughout the years, many other things have been invented by 3D printing, but they have mostly been related to prototyping and medical uses. Occasionally, there is the controversial weapon making, like Defense Distributed, but there isn’t really a big leap in 3D printing art. The history for it is still young, and emerging. It is my hope to predict about the future, and what is next to come. Hopefully, through my research, I can design art that is both practical and sustainable.

Charities and more innovators!

Enabling the future

This is a non profit organization that makes a ‘helping hand’ for children in need.

Technology is so great now that people can just print hands, the possibilities we never dream of.

Continuing on the last post, imagine if you can use recyclable materials to make these hands? Doesn’t it make the world a wonderful place? Almost unbelievable? And to me anything can be a form of art, it just depends on the effort and focus we put into it.

In the UK, a team had turned jet ink printer waste into a 3D printer! Talk about recyclable filament! Now everything can be recyclable. All we need is renewable energy to make the print! Perhaps solar panels? I wonder how those can be recyclable…

Here is a list of interesting ideas that young people have thought of, see we are not that bad…


3D printing with recycled materials

3D printing has been a hype for a while, from printing prototypes to prosthetic arms, its been making a huge breakthrough on how we build things. It allows us to see the process in a different angle, cutting down labour and even saving time. More related to design, we have people printing fashion patterns and designs.

This is Fabricate, a 3D printer that is designed to print patterns for high street fashion, making it more accessible to the public.

Some artists also use this technology to create sculptures, and even instruments to make artwork. This is a completely 3D printed working pinhole camera. Imagine having the file on hand, and being able to print it at home with your portable 3D printer. No longer will you need to buy it from a store, you can personalize it.

Though the product is usually what fascinates people, the process of printing it is even more interesting to me. A 3D printer is not cheap to buy, and even if you can get one for 200USD, you will still have to buy your filaments, which is usually made of plastic. There are also other forms of materials like glass, wood, metal etc. But they will cost even more. One thing these material all have in common, is that none of them were recycled.

You may ask, is this important enough for us to talk about it? Yes. Yes it is.

Making Plastic creates pollutants, in many cases they are not recyclable. When you do your recycling how many kinds of plastic can you actually put in those bins? What if we can recycle as much as we can, while creating filaments for our prototypes? That is how we can truly be green!

So is it possible? After researching online, I have found companies that already produce filaments made out of recycled materials, and they range from old car parts to plastic bottles. Here is one of the companies called Refil, and the price tag is not cheap, as it comes with a 29euro price tag per roll.

Eventually, DIY solutions definitely is more considerable. First, you have to make your own filament machine. The name might scare you but you can easily find instructions online to build one.

After building this machine, you can collect easy materials to start with, such as water bottles, milk jugs etc.

Let’s see an example!

Think of all the possibilities! As an artist, it is also important for me to acknowledge sustainability, and how the materials I use affect the environment around me. Therefore, researching and creating my own renewable materials is something I want to look into.