Disrupted Fashion – how 3D Printing will disrupt fashion houses and retailers in a deadly way

Want a new designer dress? Download a design from the web and 3D print it at home

3D printing is going to seriously disrupt the world of fashion. 3D printing itself is growing at a phenomenal rate. At iDisrupted, we are seeing more growth in this new technology than anything else.
Combine this growth with accelerating materials science, and the opportunity to print your own clothes at home is becoming a reality. Plus everyone becomes a designer. For many people, it’s a dream come true.
It’s easy to imagine what happens to clothing retailers when this happens, especially the lower end ones. Here are some announcements that have been made just in the last week:

A dress made from 3D printed plastic that floats like cotton – from Wired

The design studio Nervous System has created a novel process that allows a 3D printed dress to move and sway like real fabric. The bespoke software behind it, called Kinematics, combines origami techniques with novel approaches to 3D printing, pushing the technology’s limits.

Instead of pinning fabric to a dress form, a Kinematics garment starts as a 3-D model in a CAD programme. Kinematics breaks the model down into tessellated, triangular segments of varying sizes. Designers can control the size, placement, and quantity of the triangles in a Javascript-based design tool and preview how the changes will impact on the polygonal pinafore. Once the designer is satisfied, algorithms add hinges to the triangles uniting the garment into a single piece and compressing the design into the smallest possible shape to optimize the printing process, often reducing the volume by 85 percent.

3D printed men’s fashion contest with Amazon

Contest with Amazon

The website Pinshape is hosting a 3D printed men’s fashion contest that continues until 11 January 2015. Designers are encouraged to submit their ideas for all things 3D-printed relating to men’s fashion, such as cuff links, money clips, eye glasses, belt buckles, rings, and bow ties. A designer can submit as many designs as he or she likes as long as they meet the contest guidelines, which state that entries aren’t weapons-related or sexually explicit, don’t promote hatred or violate third party rights, and are 3D-printable.