3D Printed Apparel: Yay or Nay? From Tradition to Technology

When Iris Van Herpen debuted her 3D printed dress at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in 2011, it sparked new trends in the fashion industry, with major designers creating 3D printed geometric cutout gowns, stiff and shiny trims and garments that resemble skeletons and medieval armor. Her 3D printed dress was named one of the year’s best inventions by Time magazine. In Malaysia, Melinda Looi produced Asia’s first fashion show devoted to 3D printed accessories in 2013. The theme of […]

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Jamela Law: Using 3D Printing to Create Fashion Inspired by Nature

The theme for Harper’s Bazaar Art Prize 2017 was “Fashion Meets Art”. Fashion artist Jamela Law took an inspiration from nature, transformed it into fashion and produced it using 3D printing. For that, she was named one of the finalists in the prestigious competition. “My inspiration is the honeycomb, a structure unique to the creative power of bees, says Jamela. “They build strong, systematic and nurturing honeycombed hives, similar to the way humans construct objects for protection, be it clothing […]

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3D Printing Makes it Easier to Customise Jewellery

Manufacturing jewellery by 3D printing is a trend on the rise. By 2020, the market for 3D printed jewellery is expected to reach US$11 billion. However, it is still a small fraction of the US$316 billion industry of 2016[i]. Not all jewellers are embracing 3D printing’s potential with similar levels of enthusiasm. Some have a misconception that technology will take away their jobs, which are based on traditional jewellery crafting. The design world is using 3D printing to create everything […]

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With 3D Printing, Fvauz Breaks Free from Design Restrictions

Fauzan Baharudin believes in making a difference to lives. It stems from his constant interest in solving problems and to design solutions with practical and aesthetic value. For this, he turns to 3D printing as “it saves time, money, and effort which he could use to design”. Proud of his First Design Having a creative mind and no background in 3D design, he scoured the internet for easy-to-learn software. His to-go 3D modelling software are Google Sketchup and 123D Design […]

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NTU Singapore and Thai Giant PTTGC to Develop New 3D Printing Materials for Automotive Industry

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) and Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) will collaborate to develop advanced 3D printing materials for the next-generation automotive industry. These new materials can be used to 3D print vehicle components that improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, therefore fostering sustainable growth. The two partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Bangkok, Thailand. NTU’s signatory, Professor Lam Khin Yong, Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research), said, “This partnership is very timely, especially when […]

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Oh, What a Lovely, 3D-Printing, Messy Crowd That Was, at the Singapore Maker Faire!

A remote-controlled 3D Printed BB-8 Star Wars robot. Light sabers and alien creatures. A fully-animatronic talking parrot. 3D printed dresses and hoverboards in an online game. These were some of the crowd-drawing exhibits at this year’s Maker Faire Singapore, part of the Singapore Science Festival. Drawing some 15,000 visitors, the four-day event included Maker Faire, the Singapore Maker Extravaganza, the inaugural Maker Conference and Maker Summit, a platform to discuss topics like entrepreneurship, community and technology. For Ginkgo3D, this was […]

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3D Printing Ceramics With a Self-Built 3D Printer and Clay Extruder

Interdisciplinary artist Taekyeom Lee shares his quest to build a better ceramic printer. Since the summer of 2015, I have been interested in the possibility of combining typography, ceramic and 3D printing. Especially, desktop 3D printing drew my attention because it does not need a space and equipment for a clay studio. My self-built ceramic 3D printer was based on a Delta style 3D printer. There are several different types of 3D printers and RepRap is one of the famous open source […]

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Adidas Racing For Market Supremacy with 3D-Printed Shoes

Sportswear giant Adidas has just released a salvo of 5,000 pairs of 3D-printed Futurecraft 4D shoes into the market, igniting a race to lead the next trend of customised and personalised sports shoes for everyone. Using the Carbon 3D printing DLS technology, each pair of shoes is individually customised to conform to the unique characteristics of the user’s feet. From collaborations involving big-name shoe manufacturers such as Nike and New Balance to crowdfunded footwear from Wiivv and OLT Footcare, 3D […]

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Limb-loss Patients Get a Helping Hand with 3D Printed Prosthetics

Widespread 3D printing and innovations in prosthetic design, manufacturing and distribution now offer a viable solution for the millions of people living with limb loss around the world. 3D printed prosthetics are gaining wider availability via open-source initiatives such as The E-Nable Community Foundation. E-Nable is a global network of passionate volunteers that let anyone with a 3D printer customise and create a prosthetic hand. Advantages of using 3D printed prosthetics Cost, Speed and Versatility: On average, a prosthetic has a […]

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NTU Research Team Confirms Durability of 4D Printed Objects

Researchers from Nanyang Technological University Singapore have proven the durability of 4D printed structures. 4D printing relates to objects that can adapt over time once they have been 3D printed. These structures rely on shape memory polymers that are able to transform into a certain shape. ​In a new study, the team evaluated the performance of these structures. According to them, high shape fixity, shape recovery, and “prolonged shape memory cycle life” are desirable aspects of 4D printed parts; however, the durability […]

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