Fashion still isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about the realistic potential of 3-D printing at this stage, but a student from Tel Aviv has taken a punt at proving that wrong.
Danit Peleg’s graduate collection features five full looks created with the sort of 3-D printers anyone can have at home.
“I was always interested in the connection [between] fashion and technology, so my work was about laser cutting and 3-D printing,” she told Fashionista.
The end result is akin to a sort of “lace-like textile”, as she refers to it in the below video, but is actually made from FilaFlex, a softer and more malleable filament than usually used in 3-D printing. The garments therefore actually move quite substantially.
Peleg, who was a student at the Shenkar College of Design, started by using fashion design software Optitex, then transferring to 3-D graphic design software Blender. From there, it took three printers running 24/7 in order to fulfill the patterns. “It took more than 2,000 hours to print everything, not including the tests and trials I was doing before,” she said. “It’s about 400 hours [of printing] per piece.”
According to Fashionista, Peleg doesn’t see herself selling her creations (if she did, they wouldn’t be cheap), but she is interested in giving away or selling the files she used to make them, which as Fashionista highlights, is quite a sign of where the future of this space is headed.