A ready-to-wear 3D-printed bikini. A breakthrough in fashion + technology.
This statement you can read on the website of Continuum presenting their newest design: The N12 Bikini.
Why running through a shop searching the perfect fitting swimwear when you are also able to fill out some boxes and Continuum will print a bikini for you?
Continuum combines exciting emerging tech with a sensibility for beautiful, wearable design.
Looks familiar, right? But how is it possible?
In my this week’s post I’ll try to find an answer how this technology works and I’ll promise that my post will end completely unexpected.
The N12 Bikini is the first ready-to-wear item of clothing sale. Designed by Jenna Fizel and Mary Haung of Continuum Fashion it will be printed out by a 3D printer and of course is there a lot of technology involved. M. Haung says:
Thousands of circular plates are connected by thin springs, creating a wholly new material that holds its form as well as being flexible. The layout of the circle pattern was achieved through custom written code that lays out the circles according to the curvature of the surface. In this way, the aesthetic design is completely derived from the structural design.
WordlessTech offers a wide variety of pictures and images how this new bikini will look like.
Furthermore I found an Intro Video of this printed swimwear where Mary Huang describes the main idea of this invention and Jenna Fizel is talking about the technology itself and here you can see the circle packing patterning script in action.
As we all know is the whole topic of printing everything without actually manufacturing controverial. Besides the very high costs there is always the question of the public acceptance. How far can scientists go without demonstrating that they are god?
While searching for some information concerning the N12 Bikini I stumpled upon a very interesting and much more debatable topic- the printing of organs and tissues.
The Wake Forest School of Medicine used
inkjet printing technology to build heart, bone, and blood vessel tissues.
Sounds unrealistic, right? But here you can find a very interesting talk about “Printing a human kidny” by Anthony Atala. He demonstrates
an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney.
Wow. I didn’t expect that my research will end with information about the possibility of ‘printig’ organs. It was actually the first time that I had to broaden the focus of my research.
If you want to get to know some promises and challenges- check this out.
I guess I’ve collected enough articles and interesting videos- now it’s your turn: What do YOU think about the whole topic of 3D printing?
You are very welcome to leave comments :)