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How 3D Printing will transfigure Textile Industries?

by Elettra Francis

June 9, 2020 17:06 label 10 minutes read label Leave a comment

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After entering this new era, Originators has no time to create a new fashion by producing a standard prototype of garments used in the various fashion shows. Garment production is a well-organized task consists of consecutive and lengthy processes such as situating, marking, cutting, joining, monitoring, finishing, pressing and packaging. These all processes take time to deliver new fashion in fabric, after considering this issue; designers announced 3D printing in the textile industry. 3D printing is one of the advanced facilities to design and create a fabric prototype. For textile companies, 3D printing processes open up opportunities that cannot be recognized with standard processes.

3D printing is the process of creating 3-dimensional objects through joining or solidifying material under computerized control. In this process, computer-aided design is converted into a 3D object, by printing the material layer by layer and joining them in the form of a viscid thing. This technology is being extensively used both in prototyping and additive manufacturing. The technology of 3 Dimensional printing is getting over manufacturing areas around the earth. Since its beginning in 1986 till now, 3D printing has taken over many things around us. 

So now an exciting future is emerging and it's all to do with one fast-changing technology 3D printing. It is used primarily for prototypes and models. As we comprehend that 3D printing is not only limited to make solid prototype used in manufacturing industries along with aerospace and automotive industries but also it has extended its application in textile industries as well. The technology has come a long way since its humble beginnings and with plunging costs and a growing array of printable materials, 3D printing is slowly but surely changing one aspect of our lives clothes. 3D printing in the textile industry used to repair and to provide extra functionality, i.e; batch holder and 3D printed brooch by using some TPU flexible filaments.

The future of fashion is concomitantly correlated with 3D fashion. The 18-month project run by Loughborough University in the UK and garment company year group aims to revolutionize how clothes are made and all in a bid to reduce waste and labour costs. Ultimately, they want to create a 3D printing process that can be popularised and used to manufacture customized clothing and head of the project Dr Guy Bingham believes this process could change fashion eternally but eventually you could see this technology ending up on a high street. So people can imagine a retail experience where they could go into a store, they could get three-dimensional body scanned, they could select the design that they wanted that could be modified and inner in a 3D virtual environment and this could be printed out in front of them.

But the concept isn't a completely new one, over the years; many companies have toyed with the idea of making clothing printable. Dutch 3D printer company Ultimaker, for example, was the creator of the world's first 3D printed dress. They have created a full fashion suite including a 3D printed wallet, a 3D printed watch and an entire Couture dress and according to Co-Founder Karl A Limb, 3D fashion for the masses isn't that far away. Creators reckon within the next 2-3 years, we could start seeing more mass-produce 3D printed fashion in our stores or could be available on online platforms or something following shortly behind in 3D production. The kinematics dress was created by design studio nervous system in 2014 and this 3D printed dress set out to push the boundaries of what was possible in computational fashion by weaving together thousands of interlocking components. The dress was printed out in one single folded piece. A piece which required no assembly at all but one woman made it her mission to create a Wardrobe, full of outfits and that woman is Danit Peleg.

During her fashion design degree at Schenker College in Israel, Danit embarked on a 3D printing journey at home. Although she has since admitted, it was not cheap or easy. Danit needed a total of two thousand hours and a long row of 3D printers to complete her mission because an innovative mind can change everything. While many creators are working towards making the full garments, there's one company dedicated to providing the fabric electro loom, the world's first 3D fabric printer. It enables people to design and manufacture clothes from scratch and with over eighty thousand dollars raised on their Kickstarter campaign the team's concept is finally turning into a reality, eliminating the need for thread needles or sewing the electro loomed Avella / kit means only simple skills are needed to design the patterns and the kit does the rest.

3D printing technology could revolutionize and reconstruct the entire world in the manufacturing field. This technology can remarkably transform and alter the way we manufacture products and its prototype globally with accuracy. According to the Businessmen and Entrepreneurs, the digital 3D printing substitution could cause mass manufacturing back to an era of mass personalization, and a rebound to individual craftsmanship.

About the author

Elettra Francis

Elettra is the host of the Ready Pattern Seller Central Blog, the design selling platform interface for ambitious surface designers to showcase their prints to global brands. Got something to share with Ready Pattern Seller Masters? You can submit your story for consideration.

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