Print your own clothes

Have you heard of Danit Peleg? No, well she’s an Israeli student who has created the first fashion collection completely 3D printed at home. And a pretty cool-looking collection it is too… I’d totally wear it. What has this to do with sewing you may wonder? Well I think being able to print your own textiles could completely change the way we sew; even if it’s way off in the future.

I find this utterly amazing! Maybe I’m getting to an age where technology just seems to be passing me by but 3D printing kind of blows my mind anyway and I’ve never really seen a practical application for it personally.

Danit used Filaflex for her collection, an elastic filament which is what gives it its flexibility. After all, what good are clothes that don’t move? It springs back into the shape it was printed in, which makes it a very interesting concept for clothing (especially to those of us who dislike ironing!). Turns out, after a quick Google on the subject, you can already buy shoes that have been printed too! Who knew?!

The textiles that Danit printed had a lace-like appearance and texture meaning that she could work with them like using fabric which I find really interesting. I wonder if she could sew it using a regular machine?

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The final collection (Photo: Daria Retiner via danitpeleg.com)

But of course, it isn’t fabric, it is in essence, plastic so should we be concerned about the ecological impact of this? One of the comments I had on social media when I shared this was that it’s more plastic throw away stuff the world doesn’t need. Which I guess is right, but what’s to say the world doesn’t need it? What’s to say that this isn’t the start of something amazing? Maybe it can be recycled, and then then material can be used again to print something out. Also, our “fast fashion” culture isn’t exactly eco-friendly either is it? What’s the carbon footprint of the outfit you’re wearing right now? Has it been made halfway across the world, only to be discarded after a few times of wearing? I wonder whether, after printing your own jacket or whatever, you’d be more likely to keep it and wear it because of the expense and time incurred? I really don’t have the answers, but an interesting debate was had at home about the whole thing!

At the moment, whilst this technology is pretty much still in its infancy, printing your own clothes is not going to be a quick process anyway, so there are unlikely to be many people doing the same. Danit’s collection took over 2000 hours to print, as each A4 size piece of textile takes about 20 hours. Obviously that’s not including her research into doing this, which took over 9 months! So not really a solution if you need something quickly for a night out, or you’re staying over somewhere and have forgotten something.

This collection pushes the envelope and brings us even closer to the day we will all be printing our own clothes from home.  – See more at: http://danitpeleg.com/press-kit/#sthash.LoJ1snok.dpuf

Is it something I’d experiment with in the future? Absolutely. I know a certain someone in this house would love a 3D printer, so  in the future when they’re more affordable I’d definitely like to give this a go. Who knows? Maybe a 3D Little Squish collection could be on the horizon in, like, 10 years!

What do you think about this? I would love your comments as it really seems to divide opinion!

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