3D printing is not entirely new to the fashion industry, as jewelry
designers have for years outsourced quick modeling jobs to printing
companies. But as 3D-printed pieces begin to pop up on the runway and in
presentations outside of fashion week as the finished product, it’s
worth asking why the method stands a chance of proliferating among
3D printing (additive manufacturing or AM) is any of various processes
used to make a three-dimensional object. In case you are
not certain clothing, shoes, fashion accessories, and jewelry are
considered “objects". Therefore, we can use 3D printers to create
3D printing fashion, etc.
3D printing in the term's original sense refers to processes that
sequentially deposit material onto a powder bed with inkjet printer
heads. More recently the meaning of the term has expanded to encompass
a wider variety of techniques such as extrusion and sintering based
processes. Technical standards generally use the term additive
manufacturing for this broader sense.
In 3D printing, additive processes are used, in which successive layers
of material are laid down under the control of computer technology.
These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry, and are produced
from a 3D model or other electronic data source. A 3D printer is a type
of industrial robot.
3D printing clothing will disrupt mass fashion production, only if it
becomes much quicker and less expensive. At the current time,
traditional manufacturing of clothes is more cost effective if producing
large quantities of garments. Machinery, methods, and techniques
for making 3D printed clothing is relatively new technology and
continues to improve and evolve. This method of printing clothes
and accessories will only become a major disruption to cut & sew
production if it becomes cheaper and more efficient than current
manufacturing methods. Ready-to-wear, however, with its smaller
production runs and impulse toward the artistic, is the ideal space for
3D printing to take root now. It is also a good alternative for
creating garment samples and prototypes.
Previous news article about 3D printing fashion:
3D printed rings
Soles 3D Printed Footwear
3D Printing Fashion Expo (2014)
Learn more about
printing in the fashion industry here on Apparel Search in our
You may also want to learn about
digital printing which is also known as
direct to garment printing. DTG printing is completely
different than 3D printing fashion, but something that may be of
interest to you.