7 Reasons Why 3D-Printed Clothing is Your Wardrobe’s Dream Come True

Fashion seasons come and go, but what you wear today has a lasting impact on the world at large.
When you survey your closet, you may see — at face value — a collection of fabrics, styles, personalities, looks, feels. Alternatively, you may not see much of anything at all. What else could there possibly be hiding beneath the surface? 
The answer: a lot.
You see, the global apparel and footwear industry is responsible for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, releasing four metric gigatonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. This is primarily a factor of three phases in the clothing manufacturing process: dyeing and finishing, yarn preparation, and fibre production.
Add to this issues surrounding working conditions, wages and child labor, and the lens in which you view “just clothes” continues to shift. For starters, consider that over 50% of fashion industry workers aren’t even paid minimum wage.
With this working knowledge, it’s easy to make the case for what you wear as more than just fabric — as more than just a fashion statement. What you wear is a reflection of what you stand for. And as a conscious consumer, you are an active participant in the creation of a better, more ethical world.
As a company, we truly believe that 3D printing has the power to revolutionize the fashion industry and its impact on society as we know it. 
While 3D-printed clothing is still a relatively new concept in the public’s eye, it is already very much a reality in both design and production. In fact, Julia Daviy’s New Age Clothing Lab is the premier studio where wearable 3D-printed clothing is produced and made available for sale to the masses.
If you’ve yet to consider 3D-printed clothing as an option for everyday wear, there’s no time like the present. 
Here are seven reasons why the 3D printing of clothing is your wardrobe’s dream come true:

Blue 3D-Printed Suit From The Liberation Collection

3D-Printed Suit from The Liberation Collection 2018

1. You’re Tech Savvy

You always have the newest smartphone in hand. You shop at Amazon’s checkout-free stores. You drive a Tesla (or at least dream about it).

 

If you think of yourself as a connoisseur of all things tech, then the 3D-printed styles — like the customizable, A-line skirt from Julia Daviy — was literally made for you. Using CAD-type software, 3D printers, and flexible materials, these made-to-order pieces are technological works of art.

2. You Stand By Conscious Brands

In the world of information that we live in, there’s little room for hidden agendas and foul play. Brands should be held accountable to the treatment of their workers, as well as transparency to their customers in the creation of their products from beginning to end.

 

3D-printing brings these issues front and center. Our methods at Julia Daviy revolve around an industry that is both cruely-free and slavery-free by nature.

3. You Believe in a Future Build Around Sustainability

The impact of fast fashion is one that has led to an increase in the levels of waste produced by the industry every year. The 3D printing of clothing makes it possible for us to imagine a world in which we don’t have to rely on massive amounts of water, toxic chemicals, or waste for the sake of style. From vision to reality, our 3D printed clothing is made from organic materials that are 100% recyclable and sustainable.

4. You’re an Advocate for Animal-Free Fashion

85% of the fur industry’s skins in the world of fashion come from animals held captive on fur factory farms. And this is just one sector of a very large manufacturing machine. If you’re vegan or a strong advocate for animal-free fashion, 3D printing is an animal-free alternative worth exploring.

 

Fresh Breeze of 3D-Printed Clothing and Accessories

5. You’re Bored with the Status Quo

Fast fashion doesn’t necessarily mean quality fashion. For those who are frustrated with what’s available on the market today, it’s time to invest in 3D-printed styles that are both classic and innovative in design — and durable in wear.

6. You’re a Trendsetter

Fashion is how you express yourself; it’s how you stand out in a crowd. With 3D printed clothing, you’re fashion-forward in both appearance and ethics.

7. You’re Fascinated by the 3D Printing Process

Maybe, above all else, you simply love the idea of 3D printing as a process. From the digital creation of designs to assembly, wear, recycle and repeat, there’s nothing more innovative found across the industry at this moment. 

 

Well, aside from 4D printing.

Final Thoughts: Why 3D-Printed Clothing is Your Wardrobe’s Dream Come True

Whatever your reason may be, the fact remains that 3D printed clothing is a consideration worth making. You owe it to your wardrobe, the environment, economy, and yourself to push for a new normal — one that imagines a better, more fashionably ethical world for generations to come.

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Changing Fashion One Printer at A Time: Why Every Woman Needs 3D Printed Clothing in Her Closet

In 2018, I launched the world’s first-ever fully 3D printed women’s fashion line created on large-format 3D printers and presented it during the last New York Fashion Week. Throughout that week and in the time since, one question I’ve been asked more times than I can count is simply, “why?”

Most people are amazed by the quality of clothing that can be accomplished with my method of 3D printing in fashion, but the reasoning behind moving towards 3D printed clothing goes so far beyond just the aesthetics or function of the pieces. The thing that makes this new paradigm so important, and the thing that drew me to it in the first place, is the enormous potential 3D printing holds for advancement in an ethical and sustainable fashion.

Since I first started experimenting with 3D printing, my vision has always been a world in which fashion production is safer and cleaner, with the serious human and environmental costs that the industry currently inflicts greatly reduced or eliminated. There are a number of ways that 3D printed clothing helps to move that dream towards reality, and raising awareness on those positive impacts is one of the main reasons I design.

A Technological Solution to Serious Environmental Problems

The materials that traditional garment production utilizes cause a lot of problems, and they’re only going to get worse over time.   We know that cotton production is highly dependant on chemicals and fertilizers causing massive environmental damage, and the chromium used in leather tanning is extremely harmful to the people that work with it and the environment it leaches into. But beyond that, we’re also running into a shortage of space.

Textile production is incredibly resource-intensive, and as time marches on, we’re going to get to the point where it just isn’t possible to keep doing it the way we currently do. Cotton production, for instance, requires huge amounts of water. Cotton is grown in India – an already water-starved country – uses 22,500 litres of water per kilogram grown. It also requires large swaths of land to be dedicated to the crop. Neither land nor fresh water is in ample supply and, thanks to climate change and human expansion, every year they only get scarcer.

Imagine a world like the one PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has, in which, as space and resources dwindle, people move seaward and into floating cities. Where would the resources and space needed to produce clothing come from?

3D printing provides a solution to this resource scarcity problem. Clothes produced with 3D printers utilize materials that don’t require the waste of millions of liters of precious fresh water or land that could be used to grow food, and the printers themselves, even large-scale ones, require very little space in comparison to traditional clothing factories. It’s an elegant technical solution to a pressing problem, and it means that as the world’s population grows and the land we have available to us shrinks, we can continue producing all of the clothing we need while directing our most important resources to where they should go – improving the lives of human beings.

Real Progress Towards Ethical Production Methods

There is a lot of talk in the fashion industry about ethical and sustainable production, but unfortunately, there’s very little action to go along with it. Because ‘sustainability’ is such a buzzword, people get the incorrect impression that we’ve made big strides in fixing the numerous environmental and human problems that come along with traditional garment production – but we haven’t. In reality, we’ve only taken the tiniest of baby steps.

Baby steps aren’t enough, and 3D printing allows us to take some enormous steps towards solving problems like unethical labor practices and out-of-control waste. For instance, clothing created on a 3D printer doesn’t require cutting or sewing, so the demand for cheap labor that drives sweatshops is eliminated from the production process. That has an enormously positive impact on the welfare of women and children all over the world.

The shift in the role of the worker isn’t the only change. The role of the end-consumer also changes, moving them from a passive consumption position to a place where they can be actively involved in the design of their own clothing. That new involvement results in the production clothes that consumers will be happy to wear for years rather than a single season, reducing the massive landfill problem that currently plagues the industry.

The 3D printing process is also extremely efficient in and of itself. Whereas traditional manufacturing produces an enormous amount of waste material, 3D printing uses only as much filament as is required to complete a design, so there is effectively no wasted material discarded during production.

An Opportunity for Everyone to Help Create Change

The reaction to my full line at Fashion Week was incredibly positive but as nice as it was to receive compliments on the visual or functional aspects of the designs, what I was most pleased with was the immensely positive response towards the potential impacts of the technology. I love fashion, and making beautiful clothing is incredibly important to me, but my passion is making a positive change in the industry I love. A huge number of women feel the same way I do, and while few will ever design their own clothing, a consumer wearing a 3D printed garment can do so knowing they’re making a positive contribution towards sustainability in fashion in a very real way.  

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https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/mar/20/cost-cotton-water-challenged-india-world-water-day

2*  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/floating-city-french-polynesia-2020-coast-islands-south-pacific-ocean-peter-thiel-seasteading-a8053836.html

Photo: Vita Zamchevska, Olya Helga, Julia Daviy 

Text: Julia Daviy

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