Nike’s Flyprint: say hi to the world’s first 3D-printed sneaker textile

We have seen some efforts with 3D-printing when it comes to sneakers before, mostly on midsoles. But earlier this spring, the first sneaker made of a 3D-printed textile saw the light of day, Esquire reports. The upper on Nike’s Flyprint sneaker is made with a process called solid deposit modeling which makes the textile both extra light and breathable, so that any water that finds its way into the shoe evaporates faster and extra light. Another benefit is the material’s ability to iterate which makes prototyping really fast.
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Screenshots from Nike Flyprint promo video.

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Check out the world’s first 3D-printed jacket – that you can actually buy

Israeli design student Danit Peleg made waves of excitement in the Fashion tech world when she released her 3D-printed clothing collection in 2015. The collection was part of her graduation project, which is why it’s now very exciting to see her launch her – and the world’s first – fully 3D-printed and commercially available piece of clothing: The ”Imagine” bomber jacket.
The jacket is part of a limited edition collection of 100 jackets, that you can preorder and personalize on Peleg’s website. By the looks of her Instagram account swimwear also seems to be in the making for the summer, so I suggest you keep your eyes open.
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Screenshot from Danit Peleg’s Instagram.

Oscar nominee wears Naim Josefi dress to Academy Awards

And here’s some exciting news! Swedish designer and tech buff Naim Josefi gets to show off one of his designs in Hollywood on Sunday. Swedish Oscar Nominee Bahar Pars starring in ”A man called Ove”, will be wearing a dress by the Swedish designer on red carpet of the Academy Awards. The dress, covered in no less than 6 000 steel sequins, is paired with a 3D-printed necklace designed by Josefi. It remains unclear whether or not Lumitoro, the Swedish 3D-print jewelry brand that assisted on Josefi’s upcoming, likewise steel sequined collection, is involved in this project as well. But it certainly looks like it.
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Back in business again

There hasn’t been much reporting from this swamped in work-blogger the last couple of days, but now I’m back! So, let’s round up the past week so far: Fashion Week in Stockholm happened, and I was there to witness talented designer Naim Josefi showing his aw17 collection covered in high tech steel sequins made with able assistance from Swedish 3D print jewelry brand Lumitoro. Meanwhile, Magazine Bon and Studio Bon assembled a group of experts to talk about the future of virtual reality in fashion, while Swedish Fashion Council launched the book ”Sista skriket” by Emma Veronica Johansson och Philip Warkander. This is basically a letter exchange between the two authors about the complexity of fashion, for instance the role of fashion in a digital age.
As always, I was hoping for more tech influence during fashion week but, as we say in Swedish, let’s ”hurry slowly”. These things need to happen organically and can’t be forced. Designers and tech companies need to find each other based on a genuine interest in each other and the in the genuine wish to create solutions to actual problems, rather than just keeping up with the latest trend, for anything good and truly innovative to happen. Luckily, there seem to be a lot of exciting things happening in this field in Sweden right now, so I guess we’ll just wait and see.
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Photo credit: Stil & Teknik

Your future wardrobe: an experience rather than objects to own?

The fact that we need to reduce our consumption in order to save the environment is something most of us agree on. Especially when it comes to consumption of fashion. We need fast fashion to be replaced by slow fashion, right? But what if it could be the other way around? If quality could mean something else? If quantity could actually be quality?
Well, Swedish project Streamateria is attempting something quite unusual. The idea is to create an avatar of your body using 3D scanning, then download a design of your choice that the avatar can try on. Then just press print and collect the item in a pop-up store. When the item, made out of a biodegradable material, has expired, you just throw it in the compost and it’s goes right back into the system again. Thus, the clothes may have a limited life span, but since they’re part of a closed loop, the raw material can be reused unlimited times. The company compares this to a streaming process where you use, rather than have, thereby shifting the focus from owning clothes, to experiencing them.
Streamateria actually started as an art project in 2014, but since then several partners have expressed interest, and next year they’re planning to pilot the whole concept. I for one look forward to seeing what it might bring.

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Duo skapar rörlig 3D-printad ”textil”

Jakten på 3D-printade textilier fortsätter! Och nu verkar University of Hertfordshire i England ha hittat ett sätt att printa ett material som påminner om textilens vävda struktur. Shaun Borstrock, dekanus på universitetet, och Mark Bloomfield på Electrobloom som gör 3D-printade smycken, har genom en egenutvecklad teknik skapat en ”virkad” struktur som de sedan printat ut bitvis och färgat och satt ihop för hand till färdiga plagg som både är mjuka och rörliga. Till tidningen 3drs.org säger Borstrock att man redan planerar att tillverka sina plagg för bred marknad.
– Det är bara en tidsfråga innan vi ser 3D-printade kollektioner i de stora modebutikerna och 3D-printteknologin i butiker som en del av vardagen. Vi är glada att kunna vara med i utvecklingen som utforskar hur det kan bli verklighet, säger han.
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Duo creates 3D-printed ”textile” with movement
The quest for 3D-printed textiles continues! And now, the University of Hertfordshire in the UK seems to have found a way to print a material that is similar to the woven structure of textile. Shaun Borstrock, associate dean at the university, and Mark Bloomfield of Elektrobloom (maker of 3D-printed jewellery), have created a ”crocheted” structure that they printed bit by bit and then dyed and put together by hand to pieces of clothing that has both movement and softness. And they are already planning to produce these items for a wider market.
– It will only be a matter of time before we see 3D collections on the high street and 3D printing technology in stores as part of everyday life. We’re pleased to be part of the movement that is exploring how this might become a reality, Borstrock says to 3drs.org.