Fashion designer, Julia Daviy, debuted the first ever 3D printed wearable women’s clothing collection at The Fashion Meet Technology New York Fashion Week event. Previous printed collections have been known for their hard materials and ultra-sophisticated designs shown only in editorial and runway, as opposed to real-life.
Each piece of Daviy’s collection is printed in 2-4 parts using large-scale printing technology — primarily on the industrial large-format FDM 3D printers –using thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) materials. She also experiments with flexible resin and stereolithography (SLA) technology, which permits her to print complex design shapes easily with almost no post processing. Daviy single-handedly produces all three stages of 3D printing herself, from designing and printing to assembling pieces without threads and glues.
The 3D printing process has the potential to be less energy intensive and wasteful than existing clothing manufacture techniques. About one-third of all the fabric we make is thrown away and it can take 2,700 liters of water to produce the cotton needed to make a single t-shirt.