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Need Bespoke Clothing? ...Try a 3D Printer

 

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW)

Making a fashion statement on the runway at MSFW recently was Amelia Agosta modelling a sculptural piece, shown in the right image.

Inspired by the Architectural style Deconstructivism, Amelia wanted to achieve sculptural garments that were sturdy but also sculpted to the female body.  3D printing gave her the ability to explore and prototype 3Dimensional outcomes that cannot be achieved in traditional manufacturing. Steering away from traditional cloth fabrics and breaking free of model making techniques to create an innovative one-off piece.

Amelia worked in collaboration with Natasha Fagg, using 3D body scanning facilities to work on the exact measurements of a female size 6-8 as a template in the 3D modeling software.  The piece was complex and time consuming to draw up, however patience and persistence went a long way.  

Amelia then contacted 3D Systems RP Consultant - Chris Murray, who always loves a challenge.  Chris identified a number of fabrication issues that he resolved before converting the CAD files into a 3D printable format.  

Other issues were:

  • complex geometry design
  • part must be robust
  • functionality - disassemble/reassemble quickly on a model
  • fast turn around time                                                 

     

 

Chris decided that SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) would be the most suitable process to manufacture the part. 

Additional engineering challenges were realised, such as a method to affix the two piece assembly together in a way that was invisible from the outside. Chris used his innate knowledge of the process and materials to design a suitable mounting plate for the two pieces that would comfortably fit the model and be simple to put together. 

The parts were finally loaded into 3D Systems new sPro SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) machine and fabricated overnight.  The sPro’s unparalleled speed and resolution produced a fantastic quality part that fulfilled all of their requirements. The parts were given a high quality finish and painted a flat matte white to match the aesthetics Amelia requested.

Amelia and Natasha were very happy with the outcome of the 3D printed brassiere. The intricate shapes and sculptural nature of the piece definitely achieved a bold structural silhouette.  

Also check out 'Mind-Blowing 3D Printed Fashion' article featuring some 3D printed designs from last years Amsterdam International Fashion week. 

 

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This is just a few examples of designers experimenting with 3D printing materials and technology.  Perhaps next year you could design a hat and 3D Print it for Melbourne Cup Day  - who knows !