Print your own Fashion: The Future of 3D-Printing

Two years ago Danit Peleg held a great presentation at the Global Female Leaders 2016. We had the honor to meet her again and to ask her about the developments in 3D-printing. How has the fashion industry and the technology changed?

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What is 3D printing?

3D Printing is a method that allows you to create physical 3D objects of complex structures, based on a digital model.

How does it work?

The 3D object is created using additive manufacturing – the material prints out layer by layer until the solid object is complete, allowing you to achieve almost any structure and scale (depending on the size of the printer), from printing buildings to cars, fashion to toys, home decor etc.


Which achievements in fashion did the technology bring in the last years?

There have been many achievements made in fashion – we have seen major improvements in the speed of the newer models being created – three years ago it took me three times as long to print a single garment than it does today for instance. The filament options are also improving and growing in variety, especially appropriate for printing garments for flexibility and comfort.

If the technology does improve significantly the benefits will be huge — less shipping costs, more personalization, democratization of design. But, most importantly, there will be an alternative for more sustainable materials that you can recycle right after.

One major achievement of mine last year was in releasing my first – as well as the world’s very first – customizable 3D printed RTW garment for sale online. I believe this was a very big step forward in the fashion tech world, bringing this technology to a wider audience, by giving the customers the opportunity to design a unique 3D printed garment and owning a piece of history. I have so many ideas on how I can help push this technology to the next level, one of the projects I’m now working on is creating a filament that will print 3DP textiles closer to the feel of real fabric.


How is 3D printing changing the fashion industry? Would you say it is a real revolution?

I do believe 3D printing is revolutionizing many industries right now – specifically to fashion, I believe it is similar to that of the digitalization of the music industry – we developed from buying physical records or CDs from physical stores to being able to download and share digital music files online, on any of our devices. This is just the start of the digitalization of the fashion industry – we’re already seeing that today you can download open-sourced designs and print them out for yourself, imagine in the near future that instead of needing to go to your favorite stores you’ll be able to download designs from these same brands and print them in the comfort of your own home.

Other ways that 3D printing is changing the fashion industry is in providing a more sustainable alternative, which offers several major benefits:

Designers can print to measure which allows for zero-waste – something incredibly revolutionary as a major issue in the apparel industry is the high percentage of waste (both in raw fabrics and final products). This also means not having to hold any inventory since everything is made to measure and downloadable – we are applying this in our business today with my customizable 3D printed jackets – a limited edition of 100 jackets which are printed to order.

Following the above comment, 3D printed textiles are created by plastic polymers that can easily be recycled – which also helps to reduce waste. Imagine cutting up a dress you have, putting it into a small machine which breaks it down further and creates new filament (these machines already exist today and can fit in your home), which you can then use to print a completely new garment.

Democratization of design: anyone can design something unique and share it with the world – like a viral t-shirt! This is becoming increasingly appealing as customers are becoming more and more curious about the origins and sustainability of their clothing. It also is where we are heading in terms of customization, which will be a main focus in the future of design, allowing for customers to create and own one-of-a-kind pieces.

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