DesignX Presents Digital Workshops at ICFF

Innovation begins with education. This is something that rang true for the team behind the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which marks it’s 25th anniversary this year. What started as a discussion between Mode Collective, The Architect’s Newspaper and public relations firm Tobin and Tucker on the role of education at the ICFF, evolved into DesignX.

DesignX, which consists of 4 days of workshops on the newest digital design tools,  will be held on the showroom floor of the ICFF, taking place from May 18th – May 21st  at the Jacob Javits center. The hands-on workshops cover techniques such as 3D printing, Cloud Based Designing and 4D printing as well as tutorials on design software such as Grasshopper, Autodesk, and Firefly, among others.

Ronnie Parsons, co-founder of Mode Collective, a multi-disciplinary design studio, and co-organizer of the event, met with us to discuss DesignX. Parsons, an evangelist for education and presenter at the event, explained that DesignX is intended to connect industry leaders with an ever-evolving community through education and experiences in design.”

When asked if and how he envisions 3D printing revolutionizing the fashion and design industries, Parson’s pointed to his black Nike Flyknits (whose uppers are made entirely from a single thread), and explained that the opportunity to revolutionize lies with so much more than 3D printing alone. He went beyond that to point out that the evolution is part of a paradigm shift taking place:

“The most significant change that’s occurring in 3D printing is not the technology but the opportunity to reconceive the world that you 3D print in. People are changing the way they think about the world.”

Stay tuned for updates on the event!


Photo courtesy of DesignX

Weekly News Round-Up: May 6, 2013

This video is a little old, but we’re huge fans of Bre Pettis from Makerbot.

Ethical Fashion: Is the tragedy in Bangladesh a final straw? – A Fresh Air interview between Terry Gross and Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. The author talks about how outsourcing production has allowed fast fashion retailers to drastically lower costs, and conditioned consumers to buy  “throwaway fashion” constantly. While Terry and Elizabeth don’t mention 3D printing, we’re curious as to their thoughts on a world where designs can be created globally, and manufactured hyperlocally. While materials costs are not insignificant (plastic comes from oil, after all), it seems like an interesting solution to some of the larger global issues around clothing production. – via Fresh Air on NPR

Napster for Pirated 3D Printing Templates?  – Josh Constine predicts that in the future, a Napster for 3D files will exist that allows people to freely pirate and share designs for branded goods, jewelry, decor – even guns. Josh imagines printers might be programmed to forbid the printing of some of the most popular pirated designs, but artists + designers getting ripped off seems inevitable. – via Josh Constine for

Invisibility Cloak is Technically Possible and Even 3D-Printable – Um, yes please. Scientists at Duke working on a viable 3D printed invisibility cloak. – via Mark Hoffman for

Staples wants to sell you a 3D printer – Good news from Staples: the company became the first major US retailer to sell 3D printers. They’re carrying the Cube® 3D Printer from 3D Systems, which will run for $1,300 when it hits select stores in June (though its available through the Staples online store now). – via Ricardo Bilton for

Weekly News Round-Up: April 30, 2013

Coco Rocha visits Shapeways

The 3D Printing Revolution: What it Means for Fashion & Luxury Overview of the opportunity 3D printing creates for luxury fashion. Raises the point that while counterfeiting is a potential issue, ” at this stage, the emphasis should be placed on the opportunity, rather than on the fear.”  – via Elizabeth Canon for

Supermodel vs 3D Model: Coco Rocha Visits Shapeways 3D Printing Factory – Super cool super model Coco Rocha visits Shapeways. That’s really all there is to it – maybe a neat collab coming up? via

Innovation Factory: A Retail Space in Chicago’s Advanced Manufacturing Movement Chicago has a new space called Innovation Factory that has the full backing of the state and city to lead Chicago to the forefront of advanced manufacturing. They’re hosting a 3D fashion show soon – we’ll be sure to share pictures and more info when we have it. For all Chicagoans interested in 3D and IP, they’re having a talk on law + 3D printing tomorrow that looks interesting.  –  – via Kathryn Born for Huffington Post

The future, in 3D – Overview of the Canadian legal issues surrounding 3D printing, trademarks, copyright and more.- via The Lawyers Weekly

The robot revolution: Creative embrace of computer technology – Overview of the creativity and flexibility afforded by 3D printing, but raises a question that we’ve had on our minds as well:

But in a culture and an industry driven by newness, do we risk losing a passion for handcrafted objects and the workforce of craftspeople to make them?

“Three-dimensional printing has revolutionised the way unseen elements of 3D objects, such as gears and hinges, are created in jewellery and watches, as well as in medicine, aviation and motoring,” says Wendy Meakin, a senior lecturer in visual cultural studies at Central Saint Martin’s for 15 years and a dealer in the upcoming series of Channel 4 show Four Rooms.

“Yet tailors, shoemakers, jewellers and watchmakers are the people who create the objects we most covet.”

“As a society, we need to nurture these individuals and understand the value of something ‘human made’. Ultimately, how automated a world do we want to live in?”

– via Claire Adler for the Financial Times


Designing the Future at Inside 3D Printing

“Where is it all going? The unimagined, the unintended, the unleashed,” said Avi Reichental, delivering the keynote address at the Inside 3D Printing conference. Reichental, president and CEO of  3D Systems (NYSE:DDD), a global leader in content-to-print solutions, described a world of hybrid manufacturing where 3D printing is integrated into traditional manufacturing; a world where complexity that is otherwise unachievable, is free and provides opportunities to do things that have not yet been imagined.


While this incited excitement in the room, it was no great shock to the hundreds of designers, developers, innovators and 3D printing enthusiasts that came from around the world to attend the first ever 3D printing conference. Among the crowd, the bigger question was how to make the technology more consumer friendly. The companies in attendance were tackling this from a variety of angles, from software and hardware to design and execution. Some of these included,  3D Nation, which focuses on providing customers design assistance; Sculpteo, which offers customers the opportunity to transform 3D files into 3D objects; and Mcor, whose printers use paper as its material at a fraction of the cost.

These innovations and products are a step towards the “accessibility and democratization of 3D printing,” that Reichental spoke of in his keynote address. In addition to the solutions the many attending companies are offering, the price point of printers at the exhibit hall, ranging from $400-$100,000+, speak to accessibility as well. This can also be seen by the 3D printed creations on display, which included belts, shoes and purses from 3D Systems, bracelets from Makerbot, and rings and home design from Sculpteo.

“The future is here – we just don’t know it yet,” said Brian Evans, of Metropolitan State University of Denver, during his presentation on desktop printing. We at Printing Dress have never believed this to be more true.

Step Into the Next Dimension of Shoe Design

The push towards perfect footwear has been riding the 3D printing wave the past few months. We saw this with Nike’s football cleat and New Balances’s running shoe. Today, PSFK reported on the customizable, personalizable shoe by designer Pavla Podsednikova. While writing her thesis, Podsednikova realized that the technology to scan, digitize and create fully custom footwear was out there and waiting to be taken advantage of. Podsednikova used 3D printing, ABS Vacuum Shaping and Carbon Fiber Lamination in the creation of her shoes.


Photo courtesy of

Her vision is that with a mapped out scan of an individuals foot and a library of designs, we will never again have to sacrifice form for function (or function for form, as many of us ladies know all too well!)

Podsednikova’s various concepts can be seen here.

Weekly News Round-Up: April 15, 2013

Where’s all the 3D fashion news this week? We’re getting used to our Dita von Teeses in additive dresses, and couture gowns down the runways of Paris. Fingers crossed for more exciting fashtech news in the next 7 days. Coming up this week: a recap on our visit to Lucky FABB in LA, and our favorite 3D find of the week. We also have something printing at Dreambox in Berkeley, and are anxiously awaiting our 3Doodler to arrive! 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Boston tonight. 

3D Printing is Eden Prairie Firm’s Next Big Thing –  Neat overview of Stratasys and what they’re doing to advance 3D printing. Stratasys’ machines work with more than 100 different kinds of plastic. In the future, the company’s machines may also print in glass, metal and other materials that some competitors use. Did you know their printers range from $10k to $60k? Price comparison coming soon!  –  via Martin Moylan for

Emotional E-Commerce: The Next Wave of E-Commerce? – Jason Goldberg of writes about how the next wave of opportunity in e-commerce is emotional commerce: non-commodity purchases where the buyer makes a purchase decision based on brand, amazing shopping experiences and exciting products. 3D printing could be huge here as it affords the opportunity to create extremely customizable/personalized products for relatively low cost.  – via Nic Brisbourne of

Weekly News Round-Up: April 7, 2013

The Newest Trend in 3D Printing Is Huge, Literally – Discussion of some interesting new 3D technology that is making it possible to 3D print things like houses. Why? Why not?  – via Adam Clark Estes on

The Next Leap in Social: 3D Printing – Carine Carmy from Shapeways talks about why brands need to pay attention to 3D technology. Personalization is a way to get consumers more engaged with brands, and it cuts down the design-manufacturing lead time. – via AdAge

Dreambox launches 3D printing vending machine –  Design your item online, place an order, and go pick it up: it’s the world’s first 3D vending machine. The first one is on the Berkeley campus, so we promise to try it out soon! – via

The latest threat to 3D printing: stupid, broad patents – Will the 3D printing industry  avoid patent mine falls? Broad patents are a problem in every industry, but could be especially threatening to 3D printing, for example with patents on printing in certain materials. – via Ricardo Bilton for VentureBeat



An exhibition at the London College of Fashion‘s Fashion Space Gallery from next week shows designers exploring digital print in fashion and the potential of 3D printing as a tool for design.

A MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer will be running in the gallery throughout the exhibition, printing objects which will then be put on display.

Designers exhibiting objects include Naim Josef, Souzan Youssouf, Ron Arad and Daniel Widrig. The show’s curated by Leanne Wierzba and Gemma Williams.

3D Find of the Week

3D Find of the Week

We love this 3D Printed Brass Bracelet by MCODE Jewellry. Perfect on its own or layered with other pieces, it’s a great example of fashion + tech. $255 USD.

Q&A: Jewelry Designer Yvonne van Zummeren

In our first ever Q&A, we ask the talented Dutch Jewelry Designer, Yvonne van Zummeren of Dyvsign about her experience with 3D printing and her vision of it’s future:

1) Introduce yourself! What’s your name, where are you from, and what do you do? 

I’m Yvonne van Zummeren, I live in The Netherlands and I design artistic jewelry from a 3D printer. I’m also an Art Historian and I take my inspiration for the jewelry from works of art. With my designs, I try to tell both the story of 3D printing and the original story from the artist.

La Danse des Voiles

Photo courtesy of Dyvsign

 2) When did you first learn about 3D printing? 

At a graduation party at the end of 2010, a friend of mine told me about 3D printing. I had no clue what he was talking about, I just thought he had too many drinks and let his imagination run wild… But months following that I kept hearing about 3D printing and Dutch Fashion Designer Iris van Herpen became my example. I thought what she did was amazing, but not available for “regular people”. I decided to make my designs more accessible.

 3) What was the first thing you ever printed? 

October 2011 I started to really make it happen. There’s a University of Technology in the city where I live, so I thought that would be a good place to start my quest for more 3D printing knowledge. A nice professor gave me an introduction into this amazing world and he also talked about Shapeways. The first thing I ever printed was a napkin ring from a Shapeways easy creation app. I was very excited, and immediately started sketching my own bracelets!

 4) What impact do you envision 3D printing to have on the fashion industry and when?

Personally, I divide 3D printing into two categories: hobby 3D printing and professional 3D printing. Both have different styles, materials and printers. For the professional 3D printing category I envision the future of fashion (including jewelry) to be a more customized to the body of those wearing the fashion. It will have a perfect fit! I also think you’ll see a lot of new fashion/jewelry designers like me, who want to show what’s possible with 3D printing and how it’s not just all technology, but that it can be very fashionable as well! For the hobby 3D printing category, in maybe 10 years from now, you’ll print your own clutch and earrings a couple of minutes before your party taxi arrives, which will match the dress you bought that afternoon.

 5) Do you see 3D printing as a threat to current designer? If not, why? If so, what should be done?

Yes, I can imagine why “professional” fashion and jewelry designers think 3D printing is a threat. I mean, look at me: I don’t have a goldsmith or industrial design education and I’m still a successful jewelry designer. I can imagine that frustrates some designers who did have the education to become “professional” designers. But it’s not only about designing; it’s also about storytelling and being able to market your designs very well.

 6) What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever seen 3D printed?

That would be the “Escher for Real”-project. It’s amazing to see that the drawings of M.C. Escher are coming to life. The files are also made available to download, so you can print Escher’s work yourself!

 7) What material would you love to be able to work with in 3D printers?

I can’t wait for the leather from Modern Meadow to be printed! Until that moment I’d like to experiment with as many materials as possible at Dyvsign. Right now the collection consists of the printed materials nylonpolyamide (very flexible, very easy to wear!) and bronze, but soon there will be others.

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Photo courtesy of Dyvsign

8) Do you own a 3D printer? If so, what model? What design software do you use? How did you learn how to use it?

No, I don’t own a 3D printer. These professional 3D printers are way too expensive and I work with many different materials. I use several 3D printing services to print my designs. My 3D-drawer uses Solidworks to turn my concepts and sketches into design files.

 9) What resources would you recommend for someone wanting to do what you do? What should they study?

First of all: find a niche. Something that distinguishes you from other designers. That’s the most important thing! Second: just start! At this moment there’s much more information to be easily found online. Two and half years ago it was much more difficult to find even a little bit of information about 3D printing. But right now there are so many websites, fab labs and 3D printing fairs to be found! Third: if you’re like me and you’re good at thinking in concepts, ideas and sketching on paper but not good at the computer drawing part, find yourself a 3D drawer on the online 3D printing communities or in your own neighborhood. But find someone that understands you, with whom you “click”.

Make sure to check out Yvonne’s beautiful designs at

Weekly News Round-Up: March 25, 2013

Designer Michael Schmidt on the World’s First Fully Articulated 3D Printed Dress – Great interview with Michael Schimdt,  the designer of the 3D dress Dita von Teese wore recently. This part was interesting to us:

Do you think fashion design will go totally 3D?
Definitely not. While a designer can create really original creations with this technology, there’s no substitute for the hand of a skilled artisan when it comes to touching the soul of the wearer. But there’s no reason the two can’t be allies!””


The Ten Principles of 3D Printing – Excerpted from Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing,  ten principles of 3D printing to help people and businesses take full advantage of 3D printing technologies. (Review coming!) – via

Gartner Says Early Adopters of 3D Printing Technology Could Gain an Innovation Advantage Over Rivals – Predictions from Gartner! But nothing we didn’t already know. Example:

“The material science behind 3D printing processes and materials will continue to progress, and affordable 3D printers are lowering the cost of entry into manufacturing in the same way that e-commerce lowered the barriers to the sale of goods and services. As a result, the 3D printer market will continue moving from niche adoption to broad acceptance, driven by lower printer prices, the potential for cost and time savings, greater capabilities, and improved performance that drives benefits and markets.”

 – via Gartner Press Release