In Russia, a lot of things seem to get banned momentarily. First there was a ban on homosexual ‘propaganda’ and since last month it’s also illegal to manufacture or sell underwear made from synthetic lace. It seems like the Kremlin worries that the material is bad for the health of the Russians. However, 3D printing has proven to be a perfect technique in order to circumvent laws and the technique used its powers again. In other words: if you can’t buy it, you can just print it out yourself.
Russian designer Viktoria Anoka contacted Moscow-based company 3DPrintus and asked them if they could help her to create new underwear, reports The Moscow Times. Her brand new underwear is a two-piece design, which the company made for lingerie brand Lascana and it will be 3D printable in 3D studios in Moscow later this year. It underwent months of testing and it’s made of shells and durable nylon. Customizers can buy the underwear it their color of choice.
Did you know 80 to 85 percent of all women are currently using the wrong size bra? We certainly didn’t, but as you can imagine this is not too good for the wearer’s health. Wearing a bra with a wrong size could lead to neck, back and shoulder pain. The problem, however, is that there are not a lot of possible sizes to be chosen from. Well, you feel it coming: 3D printing could change this problem for once and for all by enabling women to go for personalized, tailored bras.
A starting company, called Joyfit, wants to try its luck with 3D printing and offers a service where women can buy their own, personalized bras using a mobile app. The company is currently seeking for seed capital via iStart to make it all happen. Their bras, however, will be a little pricey, costing 99,99 dollars.
Are you a fanatic Facebooker? Twitterer? You might want to reconsider your social media activity, as this dress really is what you can call “a thinker”. New York-based design students Xuedi Chen and Pedro Oliveira came up with x.pose, a dress that reveals your skin once your social media activity increases. The general idea behind this dress is that we lose our privacy when we use social media. Every given ‘like’ is a little bit of information we give away to some company, for instance. However, who’s wearing this dress does probably not want to ‘like’ anything anymore.
A 3D printed dress that bares you once your social media activity increases: an original concept, for sure. Do we use social media too often? Do we give away too much information to big brands? We certainly welcome you to like our posts on Facebook – may that be clear, folks. However, this art project makes you think about your own social media activity, so much is for sure.
During this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt in New York, a 3D printer to print out make-up in any desired color made a huge impression on the audience and media. Harvard Business School graduate Grace Choi is the person responsible for making this printer, which has the ability entirely disorganize the make-up industry. Choi: “The make-up industry makes a whole lot of money on a whole lot of bullshit. They charge a huge premium on something that technology provides for free. That one thing is color.”
What she means is that make-up can easily be made using the ink from normal color printers, which almost everyone owns. The ink of a color printer is actually the same ink that is being used in the beauty industry and it is FDA-approved, says Choi. She therefore designed her own make-up printer, which she calls the Mink. With this 3D printer a user can pick a color in a picture to select its preferred color for make-up articles.
Dita von Teese turned the world of fashion upside down last year when she wore a 3D printed gown. Michael Schmidt was the designer of the gown, but the technique of 3D printed clothes even raised the question what the world needs designers for in a world where anyone could print out its own set of clothes. Probably that thought goes a little too far, but no-one can deny it surely is happening: the trend of 3D printed clothes. Now all eyes are on Electroloom, a company working on the first 3D printer to print out comfortable sets of clothes.
Yesterday the company posted two remarkable photos of 3D printed clothes on its Facebook page. On these images a male model is wearing 3D printed shirts. On the first one, he goes for a printed V-neck and on the second one he pulls of a additively manufactured tank top. However, these shirts are still prototypes and the company is still testing its printer.
About two weeks ago, Hema announced a service where customers will be able to create their own personalized necklaces and bracelets online, making it the first giant retailer to offer such a service. As a customer, you can now basically choose your own design, get it printed and send to your home. For this project, the giant Dutch department store works together with Amsterdam-based company Zazzy. We were curious about the story behind this startling 3D printing company and we therefore decided to have a little chat with co-founder Gert Jan Spriensma to find out what the buzz is about.
Unfortunately, the company didn’t want to speak about the collaboration with Hema. Nevertheless, they have a lot to say about 3D printing. For instance, Zazzy started because the founders had a passion for 3D printing and the company now shares an office with innovating 3D printing company 3D Hubs. Sprienstra has a clear vision on the future of 3D printing: talent will be more important than our visual location.
This week, shoes manufacturer Nike has come up with its brand new running shoes Nike Vapor HyperAgility Cleat. These shoes are not just running shoes, as they actually enable athletes to run faster on turf and change direction more quickly. Nike has been using 3D printing techniques in order to speed up the process of creating the shoes.
It’s not the first time Nike has been using 3D printing techniques, as the brand has already used the technique for the 3D plate construction of its 2013 shoes Nike Vapor Laser Talon Cleat, the prototypes of its 2013 LeBron X Shoes and the 3D printed Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite Cleat, which was unveiled last month. The brand has used Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology to produce its 3D printed cleat plate. Using SLS, the company is able to work with high-powered lasers in order to to make adjustments to its shoes in a couple of hours, while in the past making updates would cost the company months.
As 3D printed clothes have even entered the prestigious New York Fashion Week, the inevitable question rises up when the technique will take over the full industry. The possible impacts could be enormous, meaning we will be less dependent on manual labour in countries such as Bangladesh for our clothes. In order to achieve something like that, an easy way to weave more cotton fibers into the process of 3D printing is still required. Crowdsourcing organization InnoCentive has therefore set up a challenge for people to come up with the best idea.
3D printing is hot at fashion shows. The presence at the New York Fashion Week wasn’t just one of a kind in this manner, since Project Runway contender Justin LeBlanc has already used the technique during last year’s Project Runway. In addition, chic fashion brand Victoria’s Secret has used the technique to create 3D printed wings for a runway and even Dita Von Teese has been wearing a 3D printed gown. And what to think of all promotion stunts from big brands: Adidas 3D printed lace locks in a giant shoe box in London, and when even Kipling is experimenting with 3D printing the only right conclusion seems to be that the technique is entering the mainstream.
3D printing has definitely become a cool technique for big brands to use, as Nike and Adidas are both embracing the technique to innovate their working processes. The latest achievement comes from Adidas, as this brand has recently set up a massive shoebox in London in which 3D printed lace locks for shoes were built.
They did it to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Adidas’s bestselling trainer shoe ‘San Smith’. The giant shoebox was a pop-up store at the Old Truman Brewery in East London (where else?) and it represented a scale replica of the original Stan Smith shoebox. One of the ‘things to do’ in this shoebox was a 3D printing event, in which two 3D Systems Cube printers were printing out personalized lace locks for customers in order to finish their shoes in a creative way.
3D printing enables us to come up with great solutions to our daily life problems, to provide for low-cost energy in the Third World or even to produce funny looking ice pops. Yesterday we showed you the work of Deskriptiv, a company that makes a living out of creating difficult 3D printed objects. Now, two young women called TheLaserGirls are doing something similar, but instead of using vague objects, they create extraordinary fingernails.
The fingernails are probably not the best idea for your regular working day, but they are surely something for the section of serious fashion and art. Two New York artists, Sarah C. Awad and Dhemerae Ford came up with the idea and they were last week’s ‘Shapeways 3D Designer’ in Residence at the Museum of Art and Design. The duo used a Form 1 3D printer and plastics and metals to create their original fingernails. This is a short video shot from the stairwell of the Museum of Arts and Design, in which the duo explains what it does: