NYFW | Threeasfour x Stratasys: 3D printed dresses using a new rubber-like material

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The New York based Threeasfour label unveiled a pair of 3D printed dresses during their AW16 show at NYFW, made in collaboration with designer Travis Fitch and 3D printing company Stratasys. Part of the much awaited Biomimicry collection, the dresses are intended to demonstrate the “possibilities unfolding at the intersection of fashion, design and technology”.

The New York based Threeasfour label unveiled a pair of 3D printed dresses during their AW16 show at NYFW, made in collaboration with designer Travis Fitch and 3D printing company Stratasys. Part of the much awaited Biomimicry collection, the dresses are intended to demonstrate the “possibilities unfolding at the intersection of fashion, design and technology”.

Threeasfour is led by designers Gabi Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil. The collective has built a legacy of fusing cutting-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship to create clothing at the intersection of fashion, sculpture, and mysticism.

Named Harmonograph and Pangolin, the dresses are described by Gil as “the most advanced 3D-printed dresses that we have created to date”.

“The entire design, from its initial conception was intended to maximise the potentials inherent to this technology. As artists and designers, it is our prerogative, and our nature, to explore the bounds of new technological opportunities, and to push the limits of the way in which forms are created,” Gil added.

The most exciting thing about this project? It’s the first demonstration of a special Nano Enhanced Elastomeric Technology material from Stratasys, which has extreme flexibility and durability, and represents a big step forward for 3D printed fashion design. Acrylic-based, the material is similar to rubber. “The material will also be ideal for additional applications and industries, such as automotive, consumer goods, consumer electronics and medical devices. It will be commercially available later in 2016” the company added.

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The 3D PRINTED HARMONOGRAPH DRESS is named after a mechanical device that uses pendulums to create geometric images. Its three spirals circle around the body, mimicking the Fibonacci sequence. Photo credit: Matt Carasella

Pangolin

The 3D PRINTED PANGOLIN DRESS has interlocking weaves that form a single skin. Photo credit: Matt Carasella

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