3D Printing is not only about mouse clicks and lasers, there is also a lot of hands-on work required to take an item from bits to atoms, that is why we are always looking for talented people to help make things real in our Eindhoven and New York offices. Every model is lovingly removed from the various 3D printers, cleaned (sometimes dyed) and shipped around the world. We do not always get to see what you then do to the parts, what post processing you undertake to make them even more beautiful, but when we do, it inspires us and makes all of the long hours worthwhile.
As we see more and more fashion designers like Kimberly Ovitz embrace 3D printing as a way to take their designs direct to market we need to discuss what directions are most suitable to be explored in 3D printing fashion. Jewelry is an easy win when we can 3D print items in materials such as Stainless Steel and Sterling Silver but we are also seeing more and more textile like geometries being 3D printed in Nylon to create digital fabrics.
Eyebeam in New York City is hosting a panel discussion on Fashion Innovations in 3D Printing on the 27th of February to explore the intersection between fashion and 3D printing highlighting collaborations between fashion designers, technologists and manufacturers such as Shapeways.
As part of the Computational Fashion program series, Eyebeam presents an exciting event featuring designers and producers using cutting edge 3D printing techniques to push the boundaries of fashion. From the runway to the DIY hackerspace, 3D printing and rapid prototyping have become an increasingly popular and accessible way to produce objects that are both highly complex and easily replicable.
Joris Debo, Creative Director (.MGX by Materialise)
New York based fashion designer Kimberly Ovitz took the idea of natural defense, an exoskeleton, and brought it to Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. Together, we pioneered a fluid, organic jewelry collection that molds to your body like armor. During New York Fashion Week, Kimberly Ovitz presented her first jewelry line that you can buy straight from the Fall 2013 runway, custom made for you. The future of fashion is now.
What's the story behind this particular line? Where did you draw inspiration from?
I studied animals and insects with natural defense mechanisms and found inspiration in the intricacies of their innate built-in protection systems.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
My team and I are very interested in technology. We read a lot about it and found out about Shapeways through some research.
How has thinking in this new medium changed the way that you approach design?
It has granted us the ability to do things we couldn’t do before because of timing or volume. 3D printing has no limits which is amazing for small designers that do not have a large volume of orders yet.
How do you see 3D Printing being incorporated into your work in the future?
I hope in as many ways as possible! The possibilities are endless and I hope to continue a great partnership with Shapeways.
How do you see fans impacting your designs?
That is the coolest thing about Shapeways and 3D printing. The fact that it is so democratic and that the public can have input on the designs. I think it is important to listen to and hear the consumer and 3D printing makes it easier to produce objects that do that.
Who are your favorite designers or artists?
I’m very much inspired by minimal artists such as Sol Lewit and Cy Twombly however I appreciate photography the most artists such as Taryn Simon who not only take beautiful photos but also are educational and provocative at the same time.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
The Kimberly Ovitzwith Shapeways collection is now online! Kimberly Ovitz has brought her first jewelry line to life using 3D printing. Inspired by the idea of natural defense, the collection includes five unique pieces that fit the body like armor.
This collaboration showcases the ways in which a designer's personal aesthetic can be achieved with 3D Printing technology. Even more exciting is that the entire collection is available for purchase straight from the runway!
Each of the six pieces debuted on the runaway today and looked stunning, check it out! We think that even Anna Wintour is a fan.