Imagine one day you can decide what you want to wear that day, download it, and print it with your phone, as you are getting out of bed. Such an imagination is the future of the 3D printer fashion. 3D Printing is one of the new techniques that have interred the fashion world. Organizations such as Nike and Adidas are examples of the popular and well-known institutions that are gaining from this kind of technology. Some creative fashion designers have gone viral and are already showing their 3D design in their catwalks such as Nadir Gordon, Michael Schmidt, Francis Bitonti and Iris Van Herpen.
The field of fashion is upgrading and current it is all about the use of software and modern technology in coming up with designs. Such an upgrade makes it easy to determine the difference between the current fashion and the modern style. Fashion should not be the same way it was hundreds of years ago, and it has to be consistent and improve with the enhancement in technology. Everything has gone digital and that includes fashion which is trending. People all over the world are getting more conscious of their outfits and styles. The main purpose of using technologies in our life is to make it easier. Thanks to 3D printing because it has saved us time and energy for there is no more sewing and designers can implement their designs regardless of complexity.
My project process started with learning more about the 3D printing and how it works. I had to gain more knowledge about its operation as a way of easing the project procedure. I collaborate with a software engineer who knows more about 3D printing technology. The engineer helps me understand the process of printing and the available options that I can utilize to come up with a great idea. The decisions I made for my experimental project were a reflection of my determination and within a short period, I had completed generating the two wearable pieces. The printing process could define each item by the material, and identify the piece that would fit for the right temperature and the right speed
I started sampling to figure out the right adjustment for my design. There were three filaments available at the technology lab for me to use; PLA, ABS, and the glowing filament. At first, I chose the glowing filament to print the design I chose. Since the 3D printer starts printing layer by layer, it took an hour to get one piece. There were two reasons; the first one was because the layers for the design were so complicated. The other reason was the type of filament; it was the type that needed more time and use of high temperatures. To reduce the complexity I had to modify the design of the layers and for these reasons, I changed the layers design and size along with the type of filament then I switched to black PLA for convenience purposes.
The first garment that I managed to make was a top that would act as a complementary piece for another garment. It was made of 62 3D printed teardrop shape piece that was hooked with rings and a chain. It took ten hours and a half to compose the pieces and five hours to attach them together. The second garment was a lower waist piece that was made of 117 3D printed hexagonal shape pieces. It was a beautiful outfit if someone combines with the top. Rings and a chain also attached the under waist piece. And it took thirteen hours and a half to print the pieces and eleven hours to attach them together.
3D printing is a manufacturing technology that has been used in many fields including medical, engineering, and entertainment among many others. Organizations can confirm that it is an imperative aspect that helps them carry out their operations. This type of printing has seen a lot of individuals and companies that deal with it gain a lot of profits due to the high demand of consumers. Technology, on the other hand, has interred the fashion world in the most creative ways. The amazing technology designers can create the most intricate designs without sewing. My critique on this case of technology, however, is that it needs more time for research work to be done so as to be able to use the software and, of course, more time for the printing. The cost of 3D printing is high unless you have your 3D printer at home and have the knowledge to use the software. Affordability becomes a problem due to the high prices associated with the 3D printers hence the poor in most cases cannot afford these printers. The rich end up benefiting by making designs that even the pure have to struggle to purchase just to appear classy as well. It is more advisable that the prices are lowered to make it affordable to the mass so that they can use it to influence the development of fashion.