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: 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

Nicholas Thompson, editor of, 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

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

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.

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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)


The Third Industrial Revolution

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