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A Collage of 3D Printing Possibilities

Colorful, eclectic, detailed and eye-catching are some of the adjectives we can use to describe Denise J. Reytan’s 3D-printed creations. Working and living in such an alternative city like Berlin, we didn’t expect any less from today’s featured artist. Read more to know how she got started with 3D printing and how far she has gone in her 3D designs for jewelry. Where are you from and what’s your background? Hi! My name is Denise Reytan. I’m a Berlin-based jewelry designer and artist and I create jewelry as well as installations and art objects. I studied in Pforzheim and Düsseldorf and opened my studio in Berlin in 2009. How would you describe your 3D printing work? My work is an exploration in contrasts – between materials, values, colors and personal content. I really like to question conventional boundaries and am interested in the transformation of precious into non-precious and vice versa.  I really like to question conventional boundaries and am interested in the transformation of precious into non-precious and vice versa. How did you start to use 3D printing for your jewelry design?   The first time I used 3D was in 2004, in a course at university, but the quality back in those days was so horrible that I didn’t use it further. Then I did an Artist Residence at the “Institute of Applied Arts” at the HS Düsseldorf in 2013. They had just gotten a new 3D scanner and lots of new software, so I was super curious about the new possibilities. In the end, it was an amazing experience to create my collages on the computer! What about 3D printing materials. You have designed jewelry in brass, like the “Rock o´clock”, but you also use plastics like polyamide. How different are those materials for 3D printing and which one is your favorite? Of course, the materials are very different, especially in terms of weight. I always choose the material which fits best with my idea and how I want to wear it. When I´m thinking of a brooch, polyamide (SLS) is definitely the better choice, because it is very light. The “Rock o´clock” ring is perfect in brass. It has a nice golden color and the material fits great with its use as a ring. How different is your creative process when 3D printing is involved or not? For me, 3D is a great tool, but my creative process starts in the beginning before I choose the technique.  When I choose 3D, I first work on the preparations, like 3D scans. Then I create a collage on the computer, which is very playful and intuitive. For me, 3D is a great tool, but my creative process starts in the beginning before I choose the technique. Polyamide is a very versatile material. Which are your favorite polyamide finishes? I really like the polyamide(SLS) dyed purple or blue color. The white option is quite sensitive to dirt, but great for further processing. I also like the polished version very much. Which projects are you working on at the moment? At the moment I´m working on a pendant, made of 3D-printed brass. Explore the possibilities of 3D printing for your art and jewelry projects with i.materialise. You can go for brass or polyamide (SLS) like Denise, for other classic materials like silver, or give an unconventional material such as alumide a try. As you can see, there is not just one option for 3D-printed jewelry. Just upload your designs to our 3D printing platform and make your 3D printing ideas come to life! Read the material design guides carefully to get the most out of each material. Follow Reytan on her social media accounts and discover her website to get a dose of 3D printing inspiration.

3D Printing at the Movies: How a Costume was 3D Printed for Black Panther

If you live on this planet, you might have already watched or at least heard about the latest Marvel movie: Black Panther. This blockbuster has been acclaimed by the public and movie critics for many reasons, including the impressive costumes worn by the characters. Tradition meets 3D printing The amazing outfits for the movie were inspired by the colors and shapes of African tradition and the cutting-edge technology of Wakanda. One of the main characters, Queen Ramonda, wears an elegant crown in the movie, reminiscent of the traditional crowns worn by married Zulu women. This crown was 3D-printed by Materialise. It’s a perfect example of the Wakandan blend between old and new! When Ruth Carter, Head Costume Designer for Black Panther, was faced with the challenge of designing a crown for the mother of T’Challa – the Black Panther himself – she sought the collaboration of an experienced designer for fashion and 3D-printed wearables, Julia Körner, and put it together using the 3D printing technologies available at Materialise. The results are out of this world! Read more about this fantastic 3D print and the designing process on the Materialise blog. A 3D printing technology worthy of a queen’s outfit The technology chosen to 3D print Queen Ramonda’s crown was Laser Sintering and the material was Polyamide12 or Polyamide (SLS). This is the 3D printing option that offers the highest freedom of design, one of the best options for such a creative project! Julia’s 3D design skills were key to achieving a crown that was stiff enough to retain its shape but also flexible enough to be comfortably worn by the actress Angela Basset who was playing Queen Ramonda. Polyamide is also a great material for beginners in 3D printing and designers because it gives the possibility to print the most intricate shapes, and it comes in many different finishes and colors. You can also print your creations in Polyamide (SLS) by uploading your 3D designs to the i.materialise 3D printing platform. You’ve never been closer to Hollywood! Look for more inspiring stories about 3D printing in fashion and shoe design on our blog. All images courtesy of Marvel’s Black Panther / Costume Design by Ruth Carter

Alice in 3D Printing Wonderland

For many people, 3D printing just means prototypes and industrial designs, but at i.materialise we’re well aware that this is not true! For us, 3D printing is synonymous with creativity, art, design and even fashion. 3D printing can be used for the design of a beautiful kettle, to create incredible pieces of jewelry, or such as in this case, to bring a pair of dream shoes to life! Read more about the outlandish 3D shoe designs from Alice Van Opstaal.   When this student of Shoe Design at the SASK (Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunst) in Sint-Niklaas had to create a fantastic shoe collection for a project, she decided to use 3D printing. The results were impressive. Discover Alice Van Opstaal’s wonderland! From a classic book to a piece of fashion With the help of 3D printing, she designed this Flamingo/Hedgehog shoe, which is part of a collection of four different shoe models called “The war against reality”. They’re inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Each shoe depicts the characters and atmosphere of the book and this one is from the chapter called “The Queen’s croquet ground”. Look at the shoes in action on this video!  “When looking for inspiration, any medium or art form might inspire me: graphic art, literature, music, theatre, etc. The idea to use the universe of Lewis Carroll was sparked by a theatre performance by Abattoir Fermé, called Alice,” explains the designer. After that, Alice dove into the books of Lewis Carroll, where she rediscovered the original drawings by John Tenniel. She was inspired by them when drawing her sketches and also in her use of textures. They’re inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Each shoe depicts the characters and atmosphere of the book and this one is from the chapter called “The Queen’s croquet ground” 3D printing without boundaries The wonderland of Alice is an absurd, illogical and twisted universe and Alice wanted that to be reflected in the designs. “3D printing allowed me to go all out and use the most complex forms. There were virtually no boundaries.” Alice decided to use 3D printing for these designs because her boyfriend was taking classes in 3D printing and it seemed like a nice idea to have a shared project. Also, 3D printing technology allowed for such an array of possibilities: crazy shapes, extreme height and great strength. After the first sketches, Alice translated the designs into 3D with Fusion 360. The shoes were 3D printed in Polyamide (SLS). “I chose this material mainly because of the price tag, its strength and the possibilities in size because the heel of my Flamingo/Hedgehog shoe is 30 cm high.” 3D printing allowed me to go all out and use the most complex forms. There were virtually no boundaries Another good reason for choosing Polyamide for 3D printing was that Alice also wanted to spray-paint the design herself in a specific color of her choice. The multiple purposes of 3D printing for fashion “This was my first experience with 3D printing but I will definitely use 3D printing in the future. For my shoe designs but also for other design purposes. Hopefully, the price will become more and more affordable in the future.” Alice is currently working on her graduation collection. This time she will use more traditional manufacturing methods like CNC milling to make some wooden heels, but she will rely on 3D-printed parts for the details. We can’t wait to see the results of this project! This is not the first time that we use 3D printing for fashion. Check out the amazing 3D-printed shoes by Katrien Herdewyn and the Vortex dress by Laura Thapthimkuna. Do you have a final project for your studies that you would like to see featured on the blog? Let us know! We also offer a 10% educational discount for students and teachers. You just have to register here with the official email address of your university or school. Once your 3D designs are ready, upload them to our 3D printing platform to get an instant quote in the different 3D printing materials that we offer.

ECCO Launches QUANT-U ‘Pilot’ Project For Custom 3D-Printed Shoes

World-renowned Danish footwear brand ECCO is looking to launch a new pilot project for incorporating 3D printing into footwear production. While 3D printed footwear is nothing new by itself, this project really shines in the details. The idea is to bring customisable production to the average consumer through their Amsterdam concept store. The brain-child of Innovation […]

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Balenciaga 3D scanning and 3D printing for luxury fashion in AW 2018 collection

Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia is using 3D printing for high fashion. The results are nearly seamless jackets that form part of Balenciaga’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. Gvasalia took 3D scans of his models’ bodies and then adjusted the body scans in a CAD program to achieve the “tailoring” he desired. The scans were then 3D […]

adidas 3D printed sneakers hit $20,000, new Y-3 3D printed edition launched

Couture Fashion Week in Paris continues to demonstrate how designers are using 3D printing in fashion. The latest pair of sneakers to feature 3D printing have just been revealed. While the futurecraft 4D sneakers, a collaboration between adidas and Carbon, are finally available – in manner of speaking – fashion continues to march forward. If […]

Iris Van Herpen’s couture 3D printing stars in Paris Fashion Week 2018

3D printed fashions give designers a new means of expressing bold and inspiring looks. This week, the second of three 7 day events in the French capital’s fashion calendar, designers at Paris Fashion Week 2018 are flaunting the latest in Haute Couture. One of a kind and tailor-made, Haute Couture is the perfect platform for […]

Interview: Modla X Reebok 3D printed Athlete’s Mask

Reebok, like parent company adidas, continues to explore the application of 3D printing to sportswear. The latest 3D printing project comes in the form of a collaboration with London’s Modla – 3D printing and design specialists. I caught up with Modla co-founder Rich Goddard to learn more about the Reebok Innovation Collective and, “developing footwear […]

An interview with 3D printed fashion designer and researcher Mingjing Lin

3D Printing Industry has followed the work of innovative fashion designer and PhD researcher Mingjing Lin for some time. Most recently, I attended an exclusive performance of Farewell My Concubine by Beijing Opera singers at the Royal College of Art, London (RCA) to see how Mingjing Lin and Tsai-Chun Huang are working with Polish SLS […]

How to Improve Your Creative Business with 3D Printing

If you are a designer, jeweler or creative mind starting your own company, you’ll probably have heard about 3D printing. You might even have thought about introducing it to your company or creative project but you still don’t know where to start or how it can actually improve your business. If that is the case, we have some good news for you: it’s easier than you think and well worth your while! To start with, you don’t even need to own a 3D printer or be an expert in 3D design to discover and enjoy the many advantages that this technology can offer for your business. 3D printing can be a game-changer for creative businesses and we have listed all the aspects in which it can benefit creative companies. Easier prototyping and product development Businesses focused on design and product development can greatly benefit from 3D printing during their prototyping process. Turning your design into a tangible object to see how it looks and feels is the best way to detect problems and decide if it needs improvement. As you can read in this interview, prototyping is very important in the first stages of product development and it’s the best way to improve your design ideas. 3D printing can be a cost-effective alternative to external prototyping services. What’s more, using a cutting-edge technology like 3D printing can help you achieve the highest precision for your models. Cost savings We can’t repeat this enough: to 3D print you don’t have to own the technology. You can easily upload your orders on our platform and get professional 3D prints delivered to your door. This process will save you from making big investments in technology. What is more, you can print short runs of a product without needing to set up a whole process for it, which can be a great way to economize. When you produce with 3D printing there is no surplus or scrap, which means less material waste and therefore less costs. You can follow our tips to make your 3D designs even more affordable to get the best price-quality ratio for your 3D print. 3D printing is also a good way to avoid dormant stock because you can print on demand, depending on your needs and orders, so you don’t end up with an excess amount of products to sell. Another advantage when printing with i.materialise is that you can upload your model and get an instant quote for your 3D-printed models, which is a great way to calculate costs beforehand. Another costly moment for creative businesses can be opening your own shop to sell your products. Did you know that with i.materialise you can open an online shop on our platform and sell your 3D-printed products from our website? It’s an easy way to put yourself on the map and make your designs more accessible to customers. Original business promotion 3D printing can be a creative way to advertise your company. Even when you don’t use 3D printing technology to make your products or their prototypes, you can use 3D design to make your business stand out from the crowd. If you sell your project as a creative solution, the best way to show how innovative and inspiring your brand can be is by being original with your advertising and branding. For example, you can think of original promotion items to distribute, print your very own signage and merchandise, personalize the packaging or even think of original business cards. You can also print cabinets, supports and other displays to adapt your product for your shop or markets. Saving time When you have a small creative business, you have to look after many things besides the creation of your products: marketing, accounting, logistics, etc. 3D printing won’t do your taxes for you, but it can help you save some time so you can use your extra hours to do what really matters. For example, 3D printing has a shorter lead time than other technologies. It’s much easier and faster to use a 3D printing bureau than to set up a production line to manufacture your designs. 3D design is also a very good way of speeding things up when you are working on your creations. As with many creative processes, 3D design can seem intricate at first, but there are some crucial points you should be aware of which can help you avoid mistakes in your designs. Once you have detected and mastered these concepts, your 3D files will be ready to print even faster: read more on this article about preparing files for 3D printing. In the event that your files contain errors or aren’t ready to print, we detect these errors before printing and let you know you need to correct the file so you don’t waste time and money. In this way, you can easily get high-quality and professional 3D prints while investing more time on your creative projects and growing your company. Watch how 3D printing is helping designer Elise Luttik save time. Creative freedom As you can see, 3D printing has many practical advantages but the foundation of an artistic business is the originality and quality of the designs. 3D printing can fuel creativity to a great extent and help entrepreneurs get even more creative with their projects. 3D design can be the key to differentiate your business from other companies. You can experiment with many different materials, finishes and colors to make your creations more appealing and original. You’ll be sure to learn quickly about the different 3D printing technologies and have fun playing around with so many possibilities! 3D design is also the best option to create complex designs, allowing you to go even further with your creations. Another great option that 3D printing offers is to easily customize your products to meet the needs and taste of different customers: go from the concept to the printed object in the blink of an eye. Even if you have never used 3D technologies