Sketchfab 3D render
One of the ways 3D printing is going to move forward is by sharing and collaboration. A big topic of conversation amongst the stands at last month’s TCT Show was the importance of open source and making designs available to all in order to better the technology and share ideas.
Now designer, Francis Bitonti has shared the design for his famous Dita Gown made in collaboration with Michael Schmidt Studios and Shapeways, on Sketchfab, the sharing platform for 3D models.
The dress is readily available to be viewed in 3D so that fellow designers can examine the piece at any angle, in various render options from a platform that can be accessed all over the world.
Bitonti recently added another two more of his designs to the site, The Bristle Dress, originally printed with students at his design studio in Brooklyn and The Verlan Dress produced with students at his New Skins workshop.
Speaking with TCT earlier this year, Bitonti said: “The role of consumption is really starting to become a kind production. I think there’s going to be a certain level of co creation.”
By putting these designs into the public forum and allowing people to learn from them and see how they are put together, it could mean that people become more involved with the creation of their products and the clothes they wear.
Skethfab is a valuable platform for designers to display their creations and present their portfolios in a simple yet realistic way no matter where they are.