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 TechCrunch.com

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 ScienceWorldReport.com

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 VentureBeat.com

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


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 MPR.org

Emotional E-Commerce: The Next Wave of E-Commerce? – Jason Goldberg of Fab.com 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 VCCircle.com

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 Vice.com

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 3dreambox.com

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


From DigitalArtsOnline.co:

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.

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!

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.

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

Weekly News Round-Up: Feb 18, 2013

Disruptions: On the Fast Track to Routine 3D Printing – “[3D printing]won’t necessarily directly create manufacturing jobs, except perhaps for the printers themselves. Dr. Lipson, the co-author of “Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing,” said that the technology “is not going to simply replace existing manufacturing anytime soon.” But he said he believed that it would give rise to new businesses. ‘The bigger opportunity in the U.S. is that it opens and creates new business models that are based on this idea of customization.'”– via NYTimes.com

Nicholas Thompson, editor of NewYorker.com, moderates a panel about 3D printing featuring Carine Carmy, director of marketing for Shapeways; fashion designer Kimberly Ovitz; and Markus Ferrigato, head of innovation for Swarovski Professional.  Photo courtesy of Entrepreneur.com

Why Emerging Technologies May Hold the Future of Fashion – Recap of the recent Decoded Fashion event. Not a ton of detail on the 3d printing and fashion panel – next year we’ll have to get there for ourselves! – via Entrepreneur.com

Iris van Herpen’s 3D Printed, Laser-Sintered Couture   A review and video of Dutch designer Iris van Herpen‘s recent runway show. The highlight of van Herpen’s show was an ensemble featuring thousands of white spikes, designed in collaboration with MIT Media Lab professor Neri Oxman and produced by 3D printing company Stratasys. This was printed on an Object Connex, which allows different materials to be printed in the same object. – via Co.Design

Current Happenings:

Fashion + Technology Exhibit at Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT is holding an exhibition on Fashion + Technology now through May 8. It features 100 years in textile innovation, all the way up to 3d printed clothing.

New York, NY

Website: http://sites.fitnyc.edu/depts/museum/fashion-and-technology/home.html

Fashion Innovations in 3D Printing

As part of the Computational Fashion program series, Eyebeam presents an event featuring designers and producers using cutting edge 3D printing techniques to push the boundaries of fashion. From the runway to the DIY hackerspace, 3D printing and rapid prototyping have become an increasingly popular and accessible way to produce objects that are both highly complex and easily replicable.

Joris Debo, Creative Director (.MGX by Materialise)
Duann Scott, Designer Evangelist (Shapeways)
Bradley Rothenberg, architect and Gabi Asfour, designer (threeASFOUR)
Alexandra Samuel, Dan Selden, and Ross Leonardy (Crowd Control)

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/332676