3D Printing of Clothing

The technology behind The Liberation Collection

No swimming suit? No problem! When you have mastered 3D printing of clothing of course!

Like many people, several years ago I thought that if people know how to 3D print the body parts, then 3D printing of clothing must not be hard.  The absence of the cases of the ready 3D-printed garment in the market did not stop me. Until that time I had been in the constant search of the best sustainable solution for the clothing production. Then and now I believe that the clothing industry needs a new technology to cope with the growing number of problems for people and the environment it is creating.

Creation of 3D-Printed Collection

3D-modelling of apparel is a treasure. especially when there is no need to turn back to the traditional clothing production techniques after that. Imagine that you have a piece of apparel as a digital 3D-printable file. That’s where I came in my experimentations. Why not 3D-print the ready piece of clothes (or a least, the ready patterns), avoiding the stage of 3D printing a fabric and all these cut and sew steps?

9 looks. Most of the clothes created using the method of large-format 3D printing of clothing developed by Julia Daviy. 1 Look represents a parametric dress completely 3D printed manually. And 1 look represents the research of possibilities of SLA 3D-printed 3-Dimentional decoration and eco-friendly fabric combination 

2,000 + hours of work

3 re-engineered large-format 3D printers

2 usual FDA 3D printers

1 SLA printer

5 3D pens

 

Materials

Used for 3D printing: Flexible, recyclable, some are biodegradable.

Lining of the clothes made with organic cotton blend, recycled econyl fabric and ahimsa silk organza.

 

Outcomes

1 step towards New Age of Fashion & Clothing Production

1st use of large-format 3D-printing for clothing production which open the door for wider use 3D Printing in the clothing production (forget about a piece of 3D printed clothing connected from dozens glued or hand -attached parts)

Unexpected outcome: sustainable, cruelty-free, technological and simply  COOLER alternative to the leather-made clothes

Large-format 3D printing + flexible materials + Zero-waste approach due to 3D modelling of the ready-to-wear apparel excluding the fabric production stage and other things…

quam nihil molestiae consequatur.

3D Printing with a Home 3D Printer

In 2016, I dived into the 3D Printing. I passed the courses of the 3D printing specialization of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and many other courses on 3D modelling and 3D printing – anything worth the attention I could found. At first, I became the owner of a 3D scanner, and after that, I bought my first 3D printer.

Pushing the limits of 3D printing current development

Printing of mesh and fabrics

My principal decision – not to use the ready open-sourced patterns and create my own mesh and fabrics led to numerous experimentations… 3D-printing of flexible fabric-like mesh was not easy at all!

Manual 3D Printing of Clothing

Testing of the clothing 3D printing led me to the experiments with the manual 3D printing of apparel. 

That was the first top, which I 3D painted. 

Manual 3D printing of apparel gave me a lot of fresh ideas and started to practice that for immediate prototyping and simply – every time when I felt disappointed with my work with the 3d modelling software  or another not successful result of 3d printing of fabric. 

Ideation, Prototyping, Testing, Repeat… 

How lucky I was, being able to use the methodology of Design Thinking in my work.  When I dive into the 3D printing, I met Design Thinking again. This time, I decided to learn it deeply… So deeply, that I passed the one-year program and got the specialization in Design Thinking of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. And the courses of the founders of the method – IDEO – I passed them all. 

After several months of experimentations, I found a number of significant limitations of 3D printing technologies.  I realised why the number of designers experimenting with the 3d printing of clothing is so dramatically small and why there is no ready 3d-printed apparel in any store. 

The clothes I wear myself…

Testing of the clothing 3D printing led me to the experiments with the manual 3D printing of apparel. 

That was the first top, which I 3D painted. 

Manual 3D printing of apparel gave me a lot of fresh ideas and started to practice that for immediate prototyping and simply – every time when I felt disappointed with my work with the 3d modelling software  or another not successful result of 3d printing of fabric.