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5 Times 3D Printing Moved Fashion Forward

5 Times 3D Printing Moved Fashion Forward

Fashion designers push fabric to its limits, folding, stitching, and starching textiles to sculpt new and fabulous creations. No wonder they love 3D printing. It offers them even more possibilities to sculpt beyond the confines of fabric, combining shape and color in exciting new ways. 

Design is all about experimentation, and 3D printing allows creative people to experiment with shape, form, and fit to bring their artistic vision to life — and to our wardrobes. From earrings to eyewear and dresses to sneakers, you’ll find 3D-printed fashion in all sorts of surprising places.

Here are five examples of how designers used 3D printing to drive fashion forward.

  1. Red carpets and royalty 

Image courtesy of Marvel’s Black Panther/Costume Design by Ruth Carter

Hollywood loves 3D printing for all the same reasons that fashion designers do. When Ruth E. Carter, costume designer for Marvel’s Black Panther movie, needed to create costumes worthy of superhero royalty, she collabora

Getting Started With 3D Printing: Which Technology Should You Choose?

Getting Started With 3D Printing: Which Technology Should You Choose?

Whether it’s on an industrial scale or a bit of DIY, 3D printing technology comes in all shapes and sizes. Wrapping your head around the different options and the advantages of each is one of the first steps to getting a great project off the ground. With this helpful guide, you’ll learn all you need to know for when the time comes to make your choice.

But first… why does it matter?

It’s an important question to start with. Essentially, the 3D printing technology you use to bring your design to life will depend on a number of other choices, including the material you want to use; the size of the item you’re creating; and whether you’re printing an individual piece or a complete model made of moving, interlocking parts all in one go. You’ll need to consider all that and more before you select one of the options below.

Filament-based 3D printing

Industrial-scale filament printers like ours use a technique known as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). It’s ideal for models made from ABS,

What Materials Should You Use For 3D Printing? The Choice Is Yours.

What Materials Should You Use For 3D Printing? The Choice Is Yours.

You’ve got a great idea, you’ve drawn it out, and you’d love to see it come to life through 3D printing. But what material should you choose? With i.materialise, it’s entirely up to you — whether it’s plastic, metal, or resin, you’ve got plenty of options, and we’re here to walk you through them.

But first… what do you need to know?

The material you choose will impact more than how your model looks and feels — it’ll even decide which 3D printing technology is used to make it! But, what matters most is that you get to see just how many options you really have — by discovering all the possibilities, you’ll be able to create a design that truly makes you happy and best suits your needs.

3D printing in Polyamide

When you’re looking to create a model from plastic, Polyamide is the most popular choice. When used for Laser Sintering, it is strong, flexible, and can create moving or interlocking parts. Though naturally white, Polyamide can be easily dyed to bring a burst of color to your d

PAL Robotics Makes a Case for a Perfect Synergy Between Robotics and 3D Printing

PAL Robotics Makes a Case for a Perfect Synergy Between Robotics and 3D Printing

The era of robots is already here.

Over the last decade, robots have slowly moved from secluded research labs and automated production lines towards more interactive fields, such as pharmacies, hospitality, retail, etc. They can contribute towards high-quality products, shorter turnaround times in the manufacturing sector, and are usually highly reliable. Combined with AI, robots can successfully work with humans in more collaborative and interactive ways.

Most recently, influenced heavily by the pandemic, there has been a surge of medical and social robots powered by Artificial Intelligence Technology. Social robots interact with humans in a socially acceptable manner, and they can support humans in healthcare, residential homes, public spaces, and in the hospitality industry. For example, social robots can provide excellent assistance in hospitals to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. They can act as receptionists to provide general information and control the flow of new incoming vis

From Swarovski Competition To Reusable Bag: How An Innovative Designer Created A Fully 3D-Printed Purse

From Swarovski Competition To Reusable Bag: How An Innovative Designer Created A Fully 3D-Printed Purse

Since 2009, when we launched our i.materialise platform, our mission is to enable creative people worldwide to design and sell their unique 3D-printed objects. One of the makers who caught our attention is Marta Cherednik, a Singapore-based 3D printing designer who runs a design studio MALINKO.

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Marta has quite a peculiar background story. First, she studied geology. After graduating, she moved to Australia, where she worked in mines for a few years as a geologist. Later on, she decided to change her career. She was interested in learning how things are made and how to find a creative outlet for her ideas, so she studied Industrial Design. For seven years, she worked for an Australian train company, where she honed her skills in designing trains and learning about highly technical aspects of industrial design.

Despite the exciting job, she wanted to express her creativity, even more, so she started designing small 3D-printed objects. Her des

Transformative TV: 3D Printing Helps Create New Realities For People With Disabilities

Transformative TV: 3D Printing Helps Create New Realities For People With Disabilities

Lien is a rock guitarist with a degenerative spinal condition who used to play seated on a box in a corner — now she commands the stage from her throne. Catering manager Debby was born without a left hand — today, she serves tables as efficiently as any of her waiters. Two very different dreams have become reality. And the team at Materialise Mindware used 3D printing to help make it happen.

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Castles In The Air? How 3D Printing Elevates Architecture

Castles In The Air? How 3D Printing Elevates Architecture

From aerospace to mass customized wearables, 3D printing brings the house down in so many business verticals — including architecture.

Imagine: The architect sits at their drafting table, their head filled with lofty designs. When it comes to helping their clients and partners see what’s in their mind’s eye, sketches and virtual renderings can only get them so far.

That’s where 3D printing comes in: one of the technology’s benefits is that it can expand design freedom.

Let’s look at four times architects were able to add new dimensions to their designs.

Sagrada Familia

A 3D model of a Sagrada Familia cathedral presented in the 3D printing software Magics by Materialise.

The team working on the world-famous Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona has been using 3D printing since 2001. But even back in the late 19th century, the architect Antoni Gaudí understood the importance of moving from 2D to 3D and would often handcraft models of the elaborate building to get a be

A Groom-To-Be Creates His Own 3D-Printed Wedding Band For The Most Special Day Of His Life

A Groom-To-Be Creates His Own 3D-Printed Wedding Band For The Most Special Day Of His Life

Wedding days are special days for everyone, and Daniel Weinberger is no exception. To celebrate love and to tie the knot with his beloved wife, this creative IT professional decided to make a custom-made 3D-printed wedding band.

Based in California, Dan has been a long-term fan of 3D printing. Back when he was still in school, he was fascinated with SolidWorks, a 3D CAD software that helps designers create authentic design experiences. Even though he built his career in IT, his interest in design and 3D printing didn’t cease.

“I’ve known about 3D printers for years! Currently, I work in medical device production, and our R&D department has resin printers to quickly prototype and design products we make. It’s nice to have the possibility to see how 3D printing works!” says Dan.

Daniel Weinberger, the maker & designer of the 3D printed wedding band. Photo credit: Daniel Wenberger

Creating a personalized wedding band is a beautiful way to honor a unique bond with your partner