Stratasys Uses 3D Printing to Help Personalize and Upcycle Garments

Stratasys desires to take customers’ used clothes to a different dimension.

The 3D printing firm introduced final week that it had launched a direct-to-garment answer as an addition to its current TechStyle printer, the J580. The printer will now have the ability to apply colourful, 3D-printed designs onto pre-existing clothes, which Stratasys expects will entice customers searching for customized experiences and elegance.

The corporate offered its City Tattoo denim assortment earlier this month at Texprocess in Germany. The gathering is supposed to “promote a deeper emotional connection” with clothes, in the identical means that individuals really feel linked to tattoos on their our bodies.

Designers like Karim Rashid, Travis Fitch and Zlatko Yanakiev helped develop the City Tattoo assortment, which Stratasys mentioned it believes will “enchantment to a number of manufacturers that attain throughout various socio-economic backgrounds.”

Zehavit Reisin, senior vp of business options for Stratasys, mentioned that degree of customization offers manufacturers the chance to meaningfully apply the 3D printing expertise.

“Many manufacturers are restricted in how a lot they’ll mass produce denim clothes, whereas sustaining a degree of personalization that has that means to the wearer,” Reisin mentioned in an announcement. “We’re giving manufacturers the chance to do one thing exceptional, to deliver extra character to their clothes line, whereas pushing a extra sustainable enterprise follow that appeals to a number of audiences throughout the patron spectrum.”

Stratsys will make the direct-to-garment printing trays in two completely different sizes, which can assist keep away from pointless waste and assist a spread of clothes and sizes. The system can be utilized on denim, cotton, polyester and linen, based on the corporate.

The expertise’s multifaceted use circumstances might assist persuade manufacturers and customers alike of the artistic methods they’ll use additive design to upcycle clothes.

In line with researchers, the typical American client generates 82 kilos of textile waste yearly. Some manufacturers have already turned to restore and resale packages, whereas others have began take again packages for eventual textile recycling. But when customers can repurpose objects earlier than finish of life, they might be inclined to buy fewer clothes new.

Naomi Kaempfer, Stratasys’ artistic director, mentioned the expertise goes a step past embellishment—it provides life to clothes, which in flip offers customers the liberty to precise themselves via their clothes.

“By including layers of tales and symbolism that resonate with the individuality of the wearer, these tattoos assist customers promote their identification, and have fun their individuality. It’s a testomony to the transformative energy of additive manufacturing expertise in vogue,” she mentioned in an announcement.