The days in which everyone can print their clothes at home are approaching.
Spring in New York begins the Manus x Machina exhibition, where visitors can see the exhibition of unique dresses and clothes, many of which are 3D printed. These garments may be exotic now, but they are soon expected to become a standard for the fashion industry.
Considering that this is only a museum exhibition, we can conclude that 3D printed clothes remain exclusive to high fashion, but with the adaptation of technology, we see the potential to reach the mass consumer. This means that you will be able to print clothes in your exact size from the comfort of your home.
It should be noted that the technology for 3D printing is still at an early stage, and the wearing of printed clothes may not be so convenient for the moment. “In the beginning, the materials were very stiff and solid,” says Joris Debo, creative director for Materialise, a company that develops 3D printing technology and has helped produce these unique clothes.
At present, 3D printed materials can not be compared to materials such as cotton or lycra. This means that this technology will mainly focus on making accessories.
What is happening is how the market begins to use technology for accessories: hardware, jewelry, shoes, glasses;
But before we see fully printed clothes, the market will first enter hybrid products.