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.
Jrey's wife is from the Bahamas so he designed a sea shell ring and set of earrings to remind her of home and had them 3D printed in Sterling Silver by Shapeways. The jewelry looks beautiful and she absolutely loved them. Now this is the only jewelry of it's kind in the entire world, made especially for one woman designed for her alone by her husband. This is the kind of gift that will be passed on for generations, with the grandmother telling the granddaughter the story of it's creation, and the depth of meaning that far exceeds any item bought off of the shelf.
VertigoPolka has designed a giant 7 foot long 3D printed necklace of 185 interconnected Octahedrons. The super cool image may catch your eye but the price will blow your mind. But if 7 feet of 3D printed awesomeness is too much for you there is also the original 36 Inch Octahedralink Necklace and the mid length 55 Inch version. Or get all three and strut your stuff with 175 inches (4.45 metres) of 3D printed jewelry around your neck.
Decoded Fashion hosted an event focussing on 3D Printing fashion. From fashion-forward dresses and shoes to masculine jewelry, they got together to discuss the latest innovation in 3D printing. At Space 530, the heart of NYC's fashion district, 5 presenters spoke to an intimate audience about this prime example of the FashionTech intersection.
Shapeways: Carine talks how our community of members (you) "make stuff" from jewelry to glasses to handbags.
GothamSmith: These four New Yorkers use "robots" (Shapeways) to 3-D print menswear accessories such as cufflinks.
Continuum Fashion: Part fashion label, part design label (200%awesome), Continuum Fashion uses digital technologies to create user-generated fashion collections.
Shulogique: Imagine a high-end stiletto specially created to fit the biomechanics of your foot.
strvct refers to structure. With 3D
printed nylon, delicate looking forms are actually incredibly strong
while also being impossibly lightweight. We present a triangulated spin
on the classic wedge pump, which brings to mind Cinderella's glass
slipper in its transparency. Expanding on this idea, we created a sandal
with a 3D printed base and origami tyvek butterflies.
Get a pair custom designed and 3D Printed to fit your feet for $900 in any style from a platform to a pump.