3D printing technology has already penetrated the fashion industry. Even big brands are starting to experiment with this new technique. Nowadays, even accessories such as shoes, necklaces, bracelets, etc. can be manufactured using 3D technology. Using 3D printing in creating models is not anymore limited to architects and engineers. Fashion designers can already utilize this technology for their convenience.
The next big thing now and the next question would be that can ordinary people, with the use of an application, create their own fashion collection? That remains to be seen. For now, people can enjoy looking at 3D printed collection during fashion shows.
The challenge for 3D printing is replicating clothing fabrics such as silk, tulle material, or satin, among others. Needless to say, there might be a need for a new type of fabric to arise under this new process.
Here are some reasons why 3D printing technology might actually work in the world of fashion:
- You can design your own line of clothes. You can be as creative as you can get and come up with your own design. Just make sure you have the guts to wear your own designs.
- Printers are coming up with fabric-like materials. If this is the trend and printers see the potential of 3D printing in fashion, then they are in the process of producing materials that closely resemble a fabric by using structures that are interlocking to create stitches and weaves.
- It can give young and small designers the leverage. Designers will no longer deal with volume or minimum issues because they can design prototypes as many as they desire, as sophisticated as they can get, and it will not affect the actual production as it does with the usual procedure.
- It can give more meaning to handmade products. If artists value their craft, they can showcase their artistic prowess for every accessory or clothing they produce through 3D printing. Also, with software available for 3D printing, workload of designers can be significantly reduced.
It is not hard to imagine a world running on 3D printing technology. This might mean more trainings and learning but it will surely be worth it.