3D printing is often associated with the engineering sector, however 3D printed fashion is beginning to emerge in exciting ways throughout the fashion industry from clothing to shoes and accessories.

Fashion Academies such as Manchester University are now looking to incorporate 3D technology as part of their exploratory education programmes with recently producing a successful 3D knitted structure that is high in both stretch and elasticity.

Examples of 3D printed fashion to date

3D printed shoes - It is anticipated that 3D printed trainers are set become the most popular variety of 3D printed shoes over the coming years. Costing the same price as a regular trainer but with the added benefit of a more tailored shoe and promise to improve your workout, it seems that 3D printed trainers could really be the future. Adidas have really led the way in this new revolution by producing a range of shoes that would just not have been possible before the process of 3D printing.

Made in partnership with 3D printing company Carbon, the footwear is manufactured using a high-end technology known as Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) where liquid resin is printed into intricate, robust structures using finely tuned beams of light.
3D printed jewellery - At the recent 2019 Paris fashion week, Iris Van Herpen incorporated 3D printed ‘face jewellery’ into her catwalk show to produce a stunning exhibition.

A number of jewelers across the UK are now using 3D printed techniques to produce amazing jewellery. What may have been produced by hand or cast as several individual pieces can now be printed, allowing the jewelers the time to explore their talents in the final detailing and enhancement, in terms of the aesthetical aspects such as stone setting and applying coloured resins.


3D printed clothing - As global fashion designers seek to push the boundaries in colour, texture and innovative designs, back in 2016, threeASFOUR and Travis Fitch commended 3D printing and the originality that it can help influence designers in what is possible to achieve, when it featured two breakthrough and truly unique dresses, at the New York Fashion Week.

Although still in its infancy and not quite on the high street, it is anticipated that 3D printed clothing is set to grow over the coming years, as more and more designers look to new ways in working with and embracing 3D printed fashion.

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