The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is seeking entries to the inaugural 3D Printing Fashion Show to be held during the RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, May 22-25 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The 3D Printing Fashion Show will recognise designers who create articles of clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry with computer-aided design (CAD) software and 3D printers. Growing in popularity, additive technologies have been used for two decades by engineers in many industries to prototype parts for automotive, aerospace, medical devices and consumer products. Recently, 3D printing has been used to manufacture anything from automobile components to medical implants to fashion sunglasses.
"Attendees will be impressed by the innovative way fashion and manufacturing will come together as models donned in 3D printed items walk the runway," said SME business development manager Gary Mikola. "We're pleased to offer aspiring designers a chance to gain recognition in their field while experiencing this unique opportunity to participate in the 3D printing industry."
The deadline to submit entries for the 3D Printing Fashion Show is February 28. Designs must be created in CAD and cannot exceed 9" x 9" x 9" in size. Entries must be submitted as a JPG image and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm EST. Designers will be notified of selection by March 5 and requested to submit a stereolithography STL file, a file format used for rapid prototyping and computer-aided manufacturing.
"We are very excited to produce a fashion show with SME and look forward to amazing the crowd with the 3D printed fashions at RAPID 2012," said Jamie Milas marketing manager at Materialise.
Materialise is partnering with SME to produce the 3D Printing Fashion Show. The first place design entry will be 3D printed and presented to the designer.