3- D printing still has a long way to go when it comes to wearable clothing. This didn't stop Tel Aviv-based student Daniet Peleg from Shenkar College of Design from using this technology to create her collection.
The fashion industry is known for its reluctance to embrace technology and few mainstream designers are using it. This is due to not only the complicated process involved with printing clothing but the materials commonly used tend to be stiff. For the innovators that are embracing and utilizing the technology, it's being used to create mainly jewelry and prototypes.
Peleg created five full looks made entirely from the 3-D printers that are available for anyone to purchase for home use. She discovered FilaFlex, a new filament that's softer and more malleable, and settled in for a long process. First she created a pattern on Optitex, a fashion design software, after which she transferred the designs to Blender, a 3-D graphic design software. Lastly, she printed sheets of lace-like textiles and glued them together to create the final pieces.
It took Peleg nine months, over 2,000 hours, to print everything - spending approximately 400 hours of printing on each piece. She used three printers (during crunch time at school she used six) and kept them running 24/7 to meet the school's deadline. Her hard work paid off as her looks were chosen for the school's graduate fashion show.
3-D printing may seem like a futuristic tool of modern convenience but it is, in fact, a much faster way of making clothes in comparison to the old fashioned way of cutting and sewing fabric. While Peleg doesn't see herself selling the creations (if she does, she says they will be expensive) but is more focused on selling or giving away the files used to make them.
Perhaps this is an indication of how designs will be bought and sold in the future? Take a look at her YouTube video (below) to see the process of how she created her collection at home. What do YOU think, would you wear 3-D printed clothing?
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