February 15, 2011
From sketch to reality, time and budgets are sometimes exhausted executing the design process to completion. This also doesn’t account for prototyping minimums and development costs. And once the concept is adopted the ability to meet the manufacturers demands based on sales don’t always agree. But now, the 3D printing trend may begin to change the all that!
We’ve shared in earlier posts the MakerBot, bringing 3D printing to your desktop. As an alternative, i.materialise offers the printing and finishing of your prototype shipped to you. Choose from a variety of materials and surfaces while simply uploading your 3D file to the i.materialise service. The learning curve of course is beginning to control the x, y and z-axis!
Applied to fashion, designer Naim Josefi in collaboration with Souzan Youssouf, has created the first 3D printed couture shoe. Using industrial ecology closing the waste gap, their vision for production is truly made to measure scanning the wearer’s foot for the ultimate fit. Watch the video from prototype to runway and the increasingly fluid creative process.
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