Material Dimensions

3rd March 2014

3D printing has been the holy grail of the fashion and textile industry for a while since the first 3d printed fabric from Freedom Of Creation.

Designers have played with the possibilities with various incarnations from the likes of Laura Martinez, Chloe McCormick and Iris van Herpen, but until now no one has seemed to seamlessly blend actual textiles and 3D print for ready to wear.

For their latest collection Pringle of Scotland collaborated with material scientist Richard Beckett to create beautiful 3D printed hybrids using selective laser sintering (SLS).

Utilising 3D printed pieces more as decorative trims embellishing the fabrics, printed pieces were hand woven into the knitwear or stitched on top of the wool enabling them to still be fluid and truly wearable and embrace a delicate digital aesthetic.






Alchemic Tools

28th November 2013

Known for changing the face of 3D printing when they unveiled their virtual potter/ 3D printed ceramic project at Milan Design week in 2010, Studio Unfold's latest project continues that journey with a series of 3D printed ceramic tools that dilute and diffuse perfume.

Researching how ceramics both store and release perfume each 'tool' has been designed to explore the alchemy of scent and material as well as focusing on the importance of experiencing the delights of scent.

Designed in collaboration with Barnabé Fillion who is behind the perfume brand The Peddler their pipette, flask and funnel 'tools' offer new ways of experiencing scent.




Digital Dimensions

25th November 2013

3D printing continues to evolve into new and exciting areas and is fast becoming more than a gimmick – although its introduction to Asda stores in the UK for shoppers to print miniature versions of themselves might be an exception to that rule!

But designers continue to explore how it will impact and really become the new manufacturing revolution. Barack Obama has been quoted as citing it as being a drive for the US manufacturing future and proposals are a foot to have maker bots in all US schools - and I was delighted when my 9 year old came home from school this week announcing that her school had now got a 3d printer.

Exploring the aesthetics and the generative outcome of pattern in 2 and 3d is Lash-Up – a collaboration between Granato and Enrico Pieraccioli who aim to ‘trigger cooperation between the world of architecture, design and art‘.

Their latest project for TexTeam srl does just that exploring the nature of codifacation through parametic drawings and 3d printing which is then printed onto textiles creating an interplay between dimensions, pattern and illusion.




3D collaboration

28th January 2013

Iris Van Herpen has been changing the face of fashion and couture for the past few seasons and this season she collaborated with the brilliant Neri Oxman who leads the Mediated Matter group at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Working with both hard and soft materials that are still 3D printed the resulting skirt and cape appear as a kind of fluid armour.

Oxman's work explores the mythical and the role of design through the medium of rapid prototyping and is truly awe inspiring in its own right, but this collaboration has brought together two truly unique talents in this field.








Stone Spray

27th August 2012

Taking inspiration from the excellent Markus Kayser or just part of the zeitgeist of the future of architecture, new resources and 3d printing The Stone Spray project is a research project using a 3d robotic printer that makes architectural forms from soil.

Exploring the idea of additive manufacturing in architecture - finding ways of new eco friendly and innovative systems to print architecture in 3D - it collects sand and soil on the site that the 3D printer is on.

Binding it with an adhesive that when combined creates sculptural structures it creates shapes from sustainable and architecturally sound materials.

Digitally controlled by a computer, the designer/architect has direct input on the outcome of the shape as the printer is mult directional and therefore can print in any direction to include on vertical surfaces.


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