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.
However, technical inventions are required for this technique to be able to take the next step. Adding cotton fibers to the process is important for 3D printed fashion, in order to make it such an booming business as materials such as plastics and metal are for 3D printing at the moment. InnoCenter is an open innovation and crowdsourcing organization and it has set up a challenge for people to come up with the best idea to blend cotton fibers into 3D printing technology. The winning idea gets a price of as much as 7,000 dollars. If you think the solution is in your hands, then check out their website.