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Fashion Revolution: 3D printing shoes and clothing
The world is changing at such a rapid pace it’s often hard to keep up. New technologies bring not only new experiences into our lives, but also things that can make our lives easier, or prettier. In certain instances, we even get the best of both worlds, such as being able to take charge of our own fashion design with the help of 3D printing.
Fashion designers give 3D printing the green light
Designers introduced the first 3D printed at Paris fashion week. It’s true that the first models were not very comfortable for models, but then Danit Peleg appeared on the scene with a flexible, caoutchouc material FilaFlex, which hugs body curves impeccably, and thanks to which today it is possible to print not only dresses, but stylish shoes or sunglasses as well.
3D printed shoes as a lifestyle
Thanks to 3D printing, today it is possible to print shoes that suit the wearer’s fancy not only from a comfort perspective, but design as well. The customer can pick out color and motif with wonderful patterns. Available shoes include sport shoes, elegant pumps and even high-heels. Runners will surely appreciate 3D printing, as it allows them to create shoes that are a perfect fit for their foot. French designers have taken it another step and offer creative ladies the option to create a decorative high heel cover of their own. Meaning you no longer have to throw an old pair of shoes into the trash, you can simply give them a new and original coat. You can choose not only the design, but also the heel height, color, and those who are creatively inclined can even add their own logo or decoration.
How does it work?
If you would like to get your own 3D printed shoes, you can download an application for 3D foot scanning, thanks to which you will receive the model in 3D version. Then you simply pick a pattern that a particular company is offering and wait for them to deliver your new custom footwear.
Extensive amount of additional applications
3D printing is revolutionizing the way we see not only fashion, but other important areas of our lives as well. Thanks to 3D printing technology an assortment of available 3D printing materials, today we are able to print robotic prosthetics, self-driving cars, custom airplane parts or music instruments.
Commercially available materials for 3D printing are founded on the basis of ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene), PLA (polylactic acid), PET-G (polyethylene- terephthalate- glycol), PP (polypropylene), HIPS (high impact polystyrene) and special polymers like copolyesters PLA and PHA (poly hydroxy acids) or Flexfill. All of these materials can further be modified with the help of various additives, fibers or color additives, meaning that it offers truly endless customization possibilities.
The amounts of possible applications for 3D printing are undeniably vast and extensive, opening up the doors to a truly customizable future.
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