Materialise has launched a new premium consumer-grade finishing degree that’s designed to give 3D printed wearables a superior look and feel.
Available in fifteen contemporary colours and even a colour match option, the new Luxura finish is designed to deliver the ideal aesthetic, tactile feel and quality assurance that wearable products require. The finish has a silk-like surface smoothness with in-depth colour permeation. It’s also durable, skin-contact safe, perspiration-proof and UV-resistant.
The Belgian 3D printing company developed the finish in response to increasing interest from the eyewear and wearables sectors to create additive manufactured solutions that meet high aesthetic and performance standards. Luxura is for brands and designers that have a desire to take advantage of the design freedom and mass customisation opportunities of 3D printing in the wearables market.
Alireza Parandian, Business Developer, Materialise, commented: “We understand that when creating consumer products the look and feel is of absolute priority. It needs to attract attention and draw the consumer, reflecting the high-end quality of the brand. With Luxura we have created a finish that engages the senses and can stand out in the competitive landscape of wearables and consumer products”.
Materialise worked with consumer brand partners, to develop Luxura to ensure that the end-result reflected the quality of their brands, and gave them a solution they could take to market.
Parandian continued, “There is a perception with 3D printing that the finished products cannot compete with products made via traditional manufacturing methods and materials. We have worked hard to dispel this view, and demonstrate how, through collaboration, we can deliver solutions that blend the traditional craftsmanship approach with the cutting-edge innovation of 3D printing to make desirable products.”