Fashion design has always been a discipline that relies heavily on using your hands to create...until now.
3D printing has taken the "hands-on" part out of the design equation and replaced it with coding, math and a digital file that will eventually become the final product.
While 3D printing isn’t necessarily groundbreaking new technology, it’s fairly new to the fashion game. You might not even realize it but a necklace or ring in your personal collection could have been entirely designed using software and numbers rather than the skilled hands of a jewelry designer.
Not surprisingly, the technology is now being used to create more complex items like clothing, handbags and other accessories. The obvious downside is that it can potentially take away the handcrafted touch that some designers view as the essence of their work.
Aside from being an innovative new way to create, 3D printing could make it easier for new designers and small brands to survive in an industry that’s notoriously difficult for newbies. Essentially, it’ll allow them to manufacture to order so loss of money and materials are significantly minimized.
Whatever your view on 3D printing in fashion, one thing’s clear: It’s not slowing down for anyone. Now, who’s excited for their first 3D printed romper?
In the meantime, check out some of the existing designers using 3D printing technology below: