Over the past few years, many designers have turned to additive manufacturing as a way to create masterpieces. Whether it’s the Chanel Fashion Show, the Paris Fashion Show or even Dolce & Gabbana, the trend towards innovation in fashion knows no bounds. His FashionTech designer in the Netherlands, he Anouk Wipprecht, knows this better than anyone. Having already worked with celebrities like The Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears and even Fergie, she’s known for her creative risks. In addition to focusing on artificial intelligence, robotics, mechanics and machine learning, she also uses 3D printing to create fashion, and her Wipprecht was shown at a recent event in New York. I got a lot of attention for my dress work.
The occasion was the opening of Journey, the city’s theatrical gastronomy event, which consists of manipulating five sensory experiences for fine dining adventures. It was already a feast for the eyes, but the 3D printed costume took the aesthetics to the next level.
Wipprecht and Shapeways Collaborate on 3D Printed Fashion
In the past, the Netherlands-based technology designer chose to work with Shapeways to create a robot-inspired outfit. The 3D printed parts were made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polyamide 11 (PA 11). Regarding the techniques employed in the process, selective laser sintering (SLS) and HP multi-jet fusion (MJF) processes were used. The reason behind this lies in the subsequent properties of the parts. Wipprecht used his SLS in his work with Shapeways to produce a more stable part, but MJF found more application in this case with the more flexible part. Wipprecht highlights the benefits of using TPUs in his MJF 3D printer:This process allowed the part to become a flexible, easy-to-use gypsum cast while integrating with technology and electronics. TPU is rubber-like, flexible, impact resistant, and tough, making it ideal for this type of design.”
“Restaurants, immersive experiences, fashion, robotics, projection, art, etc.‘” she explains on her Instagram account. Click here for more information.
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*All photo credit: Anouk Wipprecht