The fashion industry has embraced 3D printing with open arms and has been one of the key industries to capture mainstream interest with its revolutionary designs. With images such as Dita Von Teese sporting a Swarovski crystal encrusted 3D printed dress and even store fronts, showcasing live 3D printing of shoes, the applications can be seen the world over.
Today the XYZ Workshop has brought the technology right to us with the release of the Fashion Suite, a joint project between the design studio and Ultimaker. The Fashion Suite is a collection of fashion pieces available to download for free from YouMagine and is set to expand with more items being made readily available to print at home.
The current collection includes the inBloom Dress – a garment created using an Ultimaker 3D printer which caught the eye of the fashion world when it debuted in New York earlier this year. The suite also features Flexible Watches, Women’s Clutches and Men’s Wallets.
Made from 1.7kg of filament and measuring 213cm in length, the inBloom dress was developed to push the boundaries of what could be created on a desktop printer using Flexible PLA filament.
“We wanted to make a 100% desktop 3D printed piece to showcase that 3D printed fashion was not exclusive to large, expensive industrial 3D printers,” said Elena Low, co-founder of XYZ Workshop. “In order for us as a community to advance 3D printable fashion, we believe we can help stimulate and encourage experimentation by publicly providing the design files.”
The design was created from layers of mesh including a primary mesh featuring a geometric floral motif and an accent motif of leaves and flowers. The inner skirt is layered with varying levels of transparency and the piece ends with an impressive 193cm train.
Ultimaker’s CEO, Siert Wijnia, said ““I can see how 3D printing can change the fashion industry. It creates shorter lead times for a designer and gives them the freedom and flexibility to produce things in smaller quantities or even personalize a piece. We can’t wait to see how other people will push the limits with a desktop 3D printer, especially with the use of Flexible PLA.”