With the “Modeclix Collection”, the University of Hertfordshire in the UK have a clothing line that is ahead of its time, which includes eight dresses made with the help of 3D printing. The aim of the project “Modeclix Project” is to make custom clothes out of the 3D printer to the mass market.
The printed clothes are attractive, comfortable and durable, according to the University. The key to this project is the rapid adaptability of dresses to meet individual customer needs. Specifically, this means it will take no longer than one day to print out individual garment with a 3D printer and so leading to a change in the market- you no longer need to buy clothes off the shelf-instead you can buy one customized for you.
The project was initiated by Dr. Shaun Borstock at the University of Hertfordshire in the “Digital Hack Lab” where Dr.Shaun is the head. The project is a collaboration with Prof. Mark Bloomfield who is the founder of the British company “Electro Boom”. Electro Boom specializes in the development and design of customized gift items, accessories and interior made from the 3D printer.
According to Dr. Borstock they have taken the 3D printing of clothes to a new level as the 3D printed garment compared to others are stylish and provides sufficient freedom of movement when wearing it. The prototypes are printed and then dyed by hand and the goal is to establish the clothes and production for the mass market. The project have been so successfully that Dr. Borstock thinks it is only a matter of time until 3D printed clothing fashion collections is seen on the road and in everyday life, and 3D printed dresses will be perceived as a normal part of our lives.
The first prototype line consists of eight dresses and two headgear that can be individually customized. The size and shape can be changed even after the 3D printing, as well as the seams in the material and individually desired extensions. The materials can be dyed in any color or hue. The fashion collection from the 3D printer can be admired from 1 May 2016 and online from 23 May 2016 at “Electro Boom Store” in London.
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