3D-printed fashion is coming to town

Brace yourselves – fashion in 2D might soon be a thing of the past, says this week’s [retail bytes]

3D kicks for cool kids: With a 20% plunge in sterling value in the UK and an incoming 20% ‘border adjustment tax’ on imports in the US, retailers on both sides of the pond are turning to 3D-printing to provide manufacturing in countries where the customer is based, and avoid increasing costs. US sneaker sellers are facing up to the challenge and innovating with 3D-printed soles. New sneakers from Under Armour have a 3D-printed midsole that can provide a bespoke level of stability and cushioning, based on your weight and gait. Launched in March, for now the sneakers are partially produced in the US and Asia but the direction of travel is clear – UA is pushing for local manufacturing in the US to avoid higher import costs and local 3D-printing may be just the right technology. In the near future, your sneakers will be like your corrective glasses, each pair made locally to fit you and your unique foot.

#DIY #3Djumpers ready for InstagramCreative fashionistas don’t need to wait for retailers and brands to solve the increased import costs problems. Just 3D-knit your own jumpers and create unique patterns that will turn heads. A Kickstarter campaign for Kniterate is storming, with strong support from the public, to create a low-cost home 3D-print knit machine, with yarn being used for now, but filaments for home use to come soon. Stitch and bitch will never be the same again.

Would you marry me (in 3D)? Making virtue out of necessity in times of new taxation is spurring jewellery designers into action. Faced with import tax in the US, Nervous System are providing the option to design your own ring from scratch and get it made locally. You can select a number of different, unique parameters like colour and shape to get the ring that will surely be a real one-off. As wedding season swings into action, consider a high-tech DIY bespoke 3D-printed ring for your loved one, at a price that will make you smile. You can also buy the pattern and get it made locally.

Slow 3D fashion for the win: For the couture fashionistas, printing your own dress is the stuff that dreams are made of. A young Australian designer has created a 3D-printed dress made of 130 linked butterflies using rubber instead of a typical filament. Zero-waste policy was accomplished by using leftovers from print for handbags and accessories. The dress took about 800 hours to print but the elements can be done simultaneously on a number of printers, cutting the time down. Anyway, who’s in a hurry? We are all for Slow Fashion and can get on with housework as the 3D-printers create our couture dress in a sustainable, ethical production. Check out the video and think Lego for fashion.

Cheers to 3D bottle openers! Opening a bottle of beer is always a pleasure, but to do it with your own 3D-printed minimalist bottle opener is even better. designboom is a source of minimalist and wonderful gifts that you can buy as a pattern and get 3D-printed in your local 3D-printing store, saving import tax and blowing a raspberry to falling Pound Sterling. Cheers!

Exhibitions: Looking for vintage tech inspo? @Here East in London is hosting an exhibition aptly titled 64 Bits. Don’t miss a wonderful journey to the early Internet, with uncovered examples of pixel art, Susan Kare’s early Apple icons and an early version of Archie, the-mother-of-all-search-engines, curated by Digital Archaeologist @Jim_Boulton.