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.
Do they really circumvent the law by bringing this underwear to the market? Well, if you could 3D print it for free yourself, then we guess it’s all legal. However, whether it’s an open-source thing our not, we don’t know yet. Lascana presented the underwear at the St. Petersburg technology fair ‘Geek Picnic’ earlier in August.
Circumventing the law by using 3D printers is something smart Russians seem to be familiar with, apparently. Earlier this year, a Russian electoral candidate – Sergei Pakhomov – circumvented the law by distributing 3D printed campaign mugs. In Russia it’s illegal to produce bags, mugs, pens and similar souvenirs for campaign purposes, although printing items is legal. Pakhomov smartly called the mugs “campaign leaflets”.
Image credits: Lascana.