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 LuxurySociety.com

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 Shapeways.com

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


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. […]

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