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3D printing crosses over to the designer fashion industry

3D printing is becoming more and more popular among many segments, and the clothing and accessories market will probably absorb the do-it-yourself printing technology just as fast as any other.  One of the latest products to hit the show floor, courtesy of 3D printing technology, is a designer gown that might make even Lady Gaga a bit jealous.

The gown is composed approximately 3,000 joints, with 17 distinct sections specifically printed using a 3D-printing service from Shapeways.  While the world of designer clothing is somewhat restricted to those that understand, appreciate, and can afford such things, the take away message from this latest work of art is that 3D printing is, and will be, a household norm once the technology becomes less expensive.

"…in collaboration with 3D print specialists shapeways, new york designer michael schmidt and architect francis bitonti created the first fully articulated 3D-printed gown tailored specifically for burlesque queen dita von teese. the futuristic black gown was assembled from 17 individual pieces,  has nearly 3000 unique articulated joints and is adorned with over 13,000 swarovski crystals. the piece represents the possibility to generate complex,  customized fabric-like garments designed to meet the needs of a particular person."

Not everyone has a Lady Gaga fashion sense, but many can definitely appreciate the possibility of building and customizing whatever their imaginations can conjure up.


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