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Can you imagine waking up one morning to go to school or maybe getting ready to go for a job interview, or even a party, not finding anything worth wearing in your wardrobe, and simply turning to your printer instead to solve your fashion problem? What if you could just look up a design for a dress or a suit on the internet, download it onto your computer, and print the actual clothing article out so you could wear it in the evening? Well, seems like such is soon to become a very realistic and viable possibility, thanks to the wonders of 3D printing!



We all know how fashion changes- trends develop and spread like wildfire in a matter of minutes. You never know what new fashion fad is taking over the fashion industry at any point in time. If anything, modern technology is actually aiding the evolution of fashion by providing possibilities and opening up even more opportunities. With new technology, artists and designers gain new sources of inspiration and new means and mediums of creation and manufacturing.


3D printing is another outlet through which fashion can be expressed and in a very unique and efficient way at that. 3D printing has indeed already made deep inroads into the fashion world and will continue to do so in the future.



So how is 3D printing being used in attire and apparel? Simple: you just print it out. That’s right. Many big fashion names and even experimenting college students are using 3D printing techniques in order to literally ‘print out’ clothes and dresses and they certainly look dashing.


Fashion student Danit Peleg has been using 3D printers to print out clothes comprising of various interlocking geometrical patterns, shaped into modernesque and sometimes futuristic looking garments that aren’t as uncomfortable and stiff as you might think. The reason is that Peleg used a material called FilaFlex which is bendable and stretchable but not easily breakable, making it ideal for use in clothing that would allow the wearer to move freely and feel comfortable without having the fear of breaking off a chunk of their outfit.


Designers such as Iris van Herpen have taken 3d printed attire to another level by creating some iconic and fabulous looks, many of the pieces having been put on display at the Met Gala. Their dresses comprise of spikes and points that interlock together to give the impression of a singular cohesive dress that clings to the skin.


But the problem is, can we only print out dresses that are formal enough to be worn on the red carpet only? What about the majority of the population that wants a casual solution to their wardrobe problems through a 3D printer?



Hoodies are certainly one of the favorite attires of public masses, the primary reasons being the utter comfort and homeliness of the simple article of clothing. A hoodie can be as casual as something that you would wear when going to bed and as formal as appropriate attire for school or hanging out with friends. Simply put, when it comes to dressing up for a less than formal occasion, a hoodie is often the safest and greatest choice.


There are already numerous kinds and styles of hoodies out there and you can even avail the services of brands or online companies to customize your own hoodie with a design, logo, or monogram of your choice. However, how great would it be if you could simply construct a new design for a hoodie and print it out on the spot to wear a couple of hours later? If 3D printing clothes at home becomes as common as it seems like it will be, then good news: this dream of your will soon become a possibility!


But while it will certainly become a possibility in the near future, we still have some ways to go, some ground to cover, and some obstacles to overcome. The first and most tripping obstacle is that of material or fabric. The truth is that so far we have been able to use hard materials such as rubber-like, plastic, and flexible substances which can be melted to give shape and then solidified to retain it. The struggle right now is to discover a way to use other fabrics that resemble fibers akin to materials such as cotton, leather, or silk- the more traditional materials used in clothing and fashion. While more flexible materials have been introduced and 3D printed clothing has moved some ways ahead of articles that were so hard and rigid that they felt like body armour, we still need to figure out a way to work with much softer material and be able to use cotton fibers in 3D printing techniques.


However, experiments have begun to somehow find out ways to incorporate organic and synthetic material into 3D printing techniques to make printing out regular clothing such as T-shirts and hoodies a very commonplace activity.


Customized hoodies are fun in their own right but there is something incredibly thrilling about the prospect of being able to create your very own designed hoodie from scratch without having to cut up fabric or pick up a needle and some thread. Everything simply comes out of your printer- ready and wearable!



I don’t know about you but I am definitely incredibly excited for what the future could have in store for the fashion industry. The possibility that you will just be able to email your friend a prototype or blueprint of a hoodie design and that he or she could simply download it and print it out to wear it just a few hours later is quite an exciting one.


But for now, we can bask in the signature twists and turns and futuristic look of 3D printed clothing and articles and wait for what is sure to come our way very soon. Get yours now at

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