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 BigThink.com

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

Weekly News Round-Up: March 17, 2013

Hod Lipson, Professor of Engineering, Cornell University; Max Lobovsky, Co-Founder, FormLabs; and Avi Reichental, President & CEO, 3D Systems speak to Engadget about the future of 3D printing. – via Engadget

3D-Printed Record Plays Like the Real Thing – This is awesome. Researcher and Instructables DIY project site team member Amanda Ghassaei has created what may be the world’s first 3D-printed, playable LP records. Ghassaei wrote the code that transforms any audio file into a 3D file that can be created via the high-resolution Objet Connex 500 3D printer. – via Mashable

3D Printed Pottery from your Mobile Phone –  France‘s Sculpteo recently teamed with Polish publishing company, Infinate Dreams (iOS and Android) to create a mobile app that lets you design and paint pottery on your smartphone or tablet, send it directly from your device to be 3D printed and then mailed to anyone you want, anywhere in the world.  – via Forbes.com

Future of 3D Printing is Bright, Says SXSW Panel – Breakdown of a SXSW talk with panelists Scott Summit, founder of Bespoke Innovations; Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems, and Alice Taylor, CEO of Makie Labs. Most interesting? Talk of piracy: “Summit suggested that any piracy risks faced by businesses built around 3D printing pale in comparison to what businesses relying on traditional manufacturing face. “The moment you take your [traditional] tooling off to Asia [to be manufactured],” Summit said, “you relinquish your IP. When you’re 3D printing something…it’s a unique instantiation every time, and it’s really hard to rip off.” What’s really hard to rip off? A file you 3D print? It’s possible this quote wasn’t accurately reported, but we’re calling that statement questionable… – via CNET.com

MakieLab’s iPad App For 3D-Printing Your Own Dolls Has 70K Designed In First Week – A U.K.-based startup called MakieLab has made it possible for you to design your own dolls, for free, to be 3D printed.  – via TechCrunch

Using 3-D Printing To Give Us A Tactile Glimpse Of The Past – So cool! With her project “Smart Replicas,” Dutch design researcher Maaike Roozenburg is using 3-D printing to create replicas of pre-industrial ceramics, allowing museum-goers to touch and hold versions of objects they’d normally only look at from behind glass. Maaike, can we arrange a tea party with you, or at least an interview?  – via Co.Exist

That makes two of us: How bioengineers are using 3D printing to create body parts – Overview of the applications of 3D printing in medicine and implants. 3D printing was just used to replace 75% of a man’s skull. Not fashion related. but absolutely fascinating– via South China Morning Post

3D-printed gun site Defense Distributed gets official with license to make & sell firearms – We’re opposed to easier access to firearms, but thankful that this discussion is happening so publicly. 3D printed guns? Terrifying. – via VentureBeat

Also from this week and covered here on PrintingDress.com:

Materialise develops a fully functioning fabric. Let’s get printing dresses!

Materialise Launches Fully Functional Fabric

The fashion world has been waiting, with both excitement and fear, for the 3D printing industry to develop materials that can be used in wearable 3D printed designs. Among those championing this innovation is Dutch designer, Iris Van Herpen, who debuted  the first 3D printed collection in Paris this past January. Her pieces were created with TPU 92A-1, a material developed by Materialise and launched to the professional Materialise community March 14th. According to the Belgian based company, the material is unique in its flexibility, elasticity, and high resistance to wear and tear. We’re excited to see  TPU 92A-1 in action!

Weekly News Round-Up: March 10, 2013

The Future of Fashion: Download File and Print– A roundup of all the 3D fashion news we’ve seen elsewhere, but nice that Forbes is paying attention. – via Forbes.com

3D Printing Revolutionized Manufacturing Yet another roundup, but an interesting quote from Materialise CEO Wilfried Vancraen.  He says the 3D printing is too slow and too expensive to replace most mass market manufacturing – at least as we now know it. While 3D printing won’t be building iPads in your home anytime in the next 5 years, there are bigger opportunities for less complex items (hello accessories!).    –  via New York Daily News

Also from this week and covered here on PrintingDress.com:

Makerbot launches a scanner for objects to be printed using their printers. Very cool, but huge copyright and patent implications – very interesting to watch this shake out.

New Balance jumps into the 3D fray with a customizable running shoe.

Dita Von Teese rocks a 3D printed dress at the Shapeways/Ace Hotel 3D fashion event.

Makerbot Digitizer Unveiled at SXSW

At SXSW Interactive, we can expect many exciting innovations in 3D printing, this is of course where Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot, first debuted the Makerbot prototype in 2009. Pettis, who gave the keynote address yesterday, announced the Makerbot Digitizer, a scanner which allows users to scan a 3D object, digitize it and print in 3D. The Digitizer uses two lasers and a webcam to create a digital plan which eliminates the need for a CAD (computer aided design) file, a challenging program for the inexperienced.

The Digitizer, which will become available for purchase in the Fall, can create small to medium sized objects, ranging in size form 2″-8″ cylinders. And this is just the beginning!

“This is something you would envision being a piece of fiction, but in fact, it is real — and it is so cool,” said Pettis.


Photo courtesy of Mashable.com

New Balance Follows In Nike’s Footsteps

Less than two weeks after Nike announced their new innovation, a football cleat created utilizing 3D printing technology, New Balance has come to the table.  On Wednesday, the company debuted a running shoe, which contains a customizable 3D printed plate and promises to enhance a runners performance.

This product image released by New Balance shows a New Balance shoe from Jack Bolas’ 3D printed plate. New Balance is taking customization much further than choosing colors or other aesthetic details. The athletic brand is introducing sneakers that use 3-D printing to create a plate on the sole of the shoe that is supposed to enhance performance with every step. (AP Photo/New Balance)

Photo Courtesy of Associated Press/New Balance

Prior to the plates production, athletes are measured and monitored using 100 sensors to gauge how their foot moves as they run as well as how and where they apply pressure.  A motion capture system is then used to detect broader movement. All of this data is input into the creation of a plate that lives on the sole of the shoe.

Photo Courtesy of Brian Babineau/New Balance via Wired.com

Like many other 3D printed forays into apparel, this product is currently unavailable to the masses. However, as Katherine Petrecca, the business manager of studio innovation, told the Associated Press,

“The technology is early and our implementation is still really in a very early phase, but you can envision as the technology improves and capacity increases — and cost comes down — the audience who will benefit from customization will just grow and grow and grow. This will get down eventually to the casual athlete.”

Chris Wawrousek, studio innovation lead designer, added,

“It feels like a new industrial revolution in some ways. We’re no longer limited by scale to produce a product, and customization can be totally practical.”

Dita Von Teese Don’s 3D Printed Dress

Avant garde style icon, Dita Von Teese, is always one to stay ahead of the curve. On Monday, she modeled a long black gown at The Ace Hotel made in collaboration with designer Michael Schmidt (below, left) and architect Francis Bitonti (below, right).


Photo courtesy of Nina FrazierMashable.com 

The dress, which took 3 months to make, was designed virtually by Schmidt and Bitonti and was produced by Shapeways. It was made of 17 components and 3,000 joints which were printed from powdered nylon. Given the current limitations of printable materials, Schmidt, who designed Lady Gaga’s 2009 bubble dress, explained that breaking down each component was critical for creating something that would appear sensual on the body. Once printed, the pieces were lacquered and adorned with 13,000 black Swarovski crystals.

We think Von Teese looks stunning and Oscar ready!


Photo courtesy of Nina Frazier, Mashable.com 

More on the gown’s creation courtesy of Shapeways found below:

Weekly News Round-Up: March 3, 2013

Ed. note: We missed last week’s round up (sincerest apologies, PrintingDress’ers), so we’ve synthesized all the news from the past two weeks. We promise to make it to the presses on time from here on out! 

3D Printing Promises to Change Everything – Nothing we haven’t seen before, but a neat roundup of some recent projects in the 3D printed world, including a shout-out to Belgian leader in the 3D fashion space, Materialise-via Scientific American

Fashion Week: Fashion and Tech Mix and Match – Google glasses, Iris van Herpen, the Decoded Fashion event – all covered here in a fashtech hodgepodge of fun.  If I was a fashion retailer or brand, I’d start doing some tech integrations for the PR value alone.   – via PCMag.com

The Future is Now (and Free!) Thanks to Some 3D Printing Magic – 3D printing in Refinery29? Now we’re getting somewhere! Nokia + Makerbot team up to make free, customizable phone cases for Lumia phones. All you need is access to a Makerbot printer, and your free customized file. This is a fun, smart way to engage techy consumers. – via Refinery29

BOOK REVIEW: Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing – Confession, this book has been sitting on our bedside table, just waiting for us to read + review. This glowing overview of the non-fiction primer on all things 3D printing only has us more excited to crack open Fabricated. – via Scientific American

The 3D Printing Revolution – Lengthy overview of 3D printing, with this gem: “Pearce [a materials scientist at Michigan Technological University] envisions a future in which many homes will have a 3-D printer, and items such as dinner plates, coat hooks, shoes and clothing will be printed as needed. (Couture 3-D printed clothing and shoes already exist.) But these won’t be ordinary accessories. They will be custom designed to fit the needs and aesthetics of a particular person or family. – via Scientific American (ed. note: Scientific American killing it this week! Keep the 3D printing coverage coming)

Are 3D Printed Accessories the Future of Fashion? – It’s official, folks – 3D fashion is going mainstream, and Lucky wants to know more about it. Our prediction? 3D fashion will be  much more than just accessories. – via LuckyMag.com

3D? Feh. MIT has already moved on to 4D printing (video) – We’re definitely not ready to get our heads around 4D printing, but the folks at MIT sure are. Researchers are working on 4D printed objects, meaning those that would change their shape over the fourth dimension, time. – via Engadget.com