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