You May Be 3D Printing Your Own Clothes By The End Of 2014

    January 21, 2014
    Zach Walton
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In early 2013, Objet partnered with fashion designer Iris Van Herpen to create a 3D printed dress. It was certainly a perfect fit for the world of high fashion where functionality means nothing and art is everything. For those who want 3D printed clothing that’s not an art statement, your day may come in 2014.

Fast Company reports that entrepreneur Aaron Rowley has a new startup called Electroloom. The new company is working on a 3D printer that creates functional, wearable clothing. So far, they’ve been able to print sheets out of polymer fabric. By the end of the year, they hope to be able to print T-shirts, beanies and more.

While the product is nowhere near complete, Electroloom is getting there thanks to a grant from Alternative Apparel. With the extra money, they’ll be able to investigate new materials, including one that’s a mix of natural and synthetic.

Check out the video below to see the fabric material in action:

More amazingly, Rowley hopes to set up a Thingiverse for clothing. In other words, he wants to set up a Web site where designers can share their clothing designs with the world and anybody else can print them for their own use. Everybody from professionals to amateurs would be able to share their latest designs and receive immediate feedback on the latest fashions.

Electroloom hopes to have a product out the door by the end of the year. With how amazing their material already is, I wouldn’t be surprised if people were created clothes with 3D printers by that time. Of course, you can already imagine the uproar the clothing industry would make if this were to catch on. After all, why buy clothes when you can design and print your own?

Image via Electroloom/Facebook

  • Vanessa

    I just wanted to point out that although the dress created by Iris van Herpen together with Neri Oxman was stunning (I was there for that fashion show and saw it up close, it really was amazing)…it was not the first 3D printed dress, or even the only 3D printed dress is Iris van Herpen’s Voltage collection.

    Iris van Herpen’s first used 3D printing in 2010 with the Crystallization Collection, done with the support of architect Daniel Widrig, 3D printed by Materialise, and unveiled during Amsterdam International Fashion Week. To date, she has printed 10 dresses in collaboration with Materialise.

    That said, I am excited to see what happens with Electroloom.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      Thanks for the correction. It’s been fixed.

  • Christina

    When this Electroloom comes out and has come down in price enough for the average consumer, I hope one can design one's own clothes and does NOT have to choose a designer's design.

    I like a layered look and I like the clothes worn by young women (I want color) in the 1910's.

    But I guess this Electroloom will still be too expensive in my life time as I'm a senior citizen.