3D printing equipment manufacturer Stratasys launched its 3D printed SSYS 2Y22 Reflection collection at Milan Design Week, which runs from June 6-12.
Manufactured and curated by Stratasys itself, the collection includes the work of seven different design groups, including custom dresses and suits, daywear, cosmetics, luxury packaging, lighting, accessories, shoes, etc
Each of the pieces was developed on the company’s new J850 TechStyle system, a color PolyJet printer designed specifically to print directly onto textile materials. The machine runs on one of Stratasys’ latest innovations, 3DFasion technology, and is aimed directly at fashion designers and apparel manufacturers.
“Reflection brings to life the impact of the global changes of the past two years through innovative fashion and design pieces,” said Naomi Kaempfer, Director of Art, Design and Fashion at Stratasys. “The collection focuses on three main pillars: personal space, social inclusion and conscious manufacturing.”
The seven design groups of the SSYS 2Y22 collection
Karim Rachid has over 4000 designs in production, holds over 400 awards and operates in over 35 countries. His signature style is that of graphic design and the geometry of art, as evidenced by his design pieces. To contribute to the SSYS 2Y22 collection, he digitally transformed his 2D designs into 3D, resulting in a variety of luxury handbags and dresses.
Jasna Rok Laboratory is an award-winning studio that focuses its work on the physiology of feelings. Working with 3D designer Travis Fitch, Jasna used Rhino and CLO3D software to generate 3D algorithmic structures for the Stratasys collection. Called the Trypophilia Collection, the recent designs aim to visualize the physical locations of emotions such as sadness, happiness and fear.
Ganit Goldstein is an intelligent textile researcher specializing in the development of 3D printed fashion. Her jacket designs were inspired by natural textures found throughout the four seasons, simulating how light interacts with everything from autumn leaves to spring flowers.
FOREVA is a diverse design lab led by fashion designer Lana Dumitru and architect Vlad Tenu. The lab’s work focuses on classic ethnic Romanian designs adapted to modern life, but reveals hidden 3D printed meanings when viewed up close.
Assa studio has been studying the creative aspects of 3D printing for over ten years. Assa’s contribution to the collection includes a new fixture design and an origami-inspired pouch, which has been printed on Dinamicamiko vegetable-tanned leather.
KAIMIN, a fluid fashion brand based in New York, has previously worked with big names such as Bjork, Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Intended to reflect inclusivity, the brand has now designed three new 3D printed pieces in collaboration with Travis Fitch: a bodysuit, a dress and a jacket. Each design is inspired by the parametric urban architecture of New York.
Illusionary Material is a Californian design studio specializing in optics and software. Co-founders Jiani Zeng and Honghao Deng are known for their research into the lenticular effect, which is featured in the design of the duo’s 3D printed refillable perfume bottle.
The way forward for 3D printed fashion
Stratasys sees a bright future for its 3D printing technology in the fashion world, having already partnered with several organizations such as fashion tech company Dyloan and its urban lab company D-House.
Design pieces from the Reflection collection, along with 3DFashion technology, will be showcased at D-house during Milan Fashion Week. D-house will also continue to help Stratasys develop new applications for its 3D printer, from concept to production.
Shamir Shoham, Vice President of Design at Stratasys, said, “Our partnerships with designers and fashion houses have allowed us to bring an innovative collection to the world created using 3D printing technology. We believe 3D printing is the future of fashion and design innovation and will open up limitless possibilities for fashion designers and manufacturers to customize and personalize 3D printed fabric pieces.
Earlier this year, the Met Gala red carpet featured four dresses designed by fashion designer Iris van Herpen, each of which was made using 3D printing. The designs were worn by singer and actress Dove Cameron, singer-songwriter Teyana Taylor, model and activist Winnie Harlow and Sweden’s “most stylish person” Fredrik Robertsson.
Elsewhere, at this year’s Paris Fashion Week, additive manufacturing returned to the catwalks in the form of a 3D-printed ROCIO handbag. The handbag was created following a research and development project between ROCIO, a Scottish luxury eco-fashion brand, and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), to explore more sustainable manufacturing techniques for brand handbags.
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Featured image shows Ganit Goldstein’s GnoMon Jacket. Photo via Yaron Atiya.