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You May Be 3D Printing Your Own Clothes By The End Of 2014
WebPro News ^ | January 21, 2014 | Zach Walton

Posted on 01/21/2014 10:39:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

In early 2013, Objet partnered with fashion designer Iris Van Herpen to create the first 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:

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)

First day of prototyping went more successfully than anticipated!

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?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 3dprinters; 3dprinting; clothing; fashion
Amazing times we live in.
1 posted on 01/21/2014 10:39:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
More likely I'll be gathering wild cotton bolls and spinning thread for a hand loom then beating my homemade clothes on a rock in the creek to clean them by the end of 2014.

Then again, maybe I'm being too cynical about The Year of Action.

2 posted on 01/21/2014 10:46:07 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ...
3-D Printer Ping!


3 posted on 01/21/2014 10:46:42 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I can hear it now....

"Mo-om! I can't print my socks! "

4 posted on 01/21/2014 10:49:00 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: null and void

Cut it off at her fingertips, why waste the fabric or work!!!


5 posted on 01/21/2014 10:50:22 PM PST by dalereed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6 posted on 01/21/2014 10:53:50 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Beg to differ. Our technological advances are not nearly enough to make up for even a fraction of the decaying world and social mess we are trapped in. We need a thousand times more technological advances before that happens.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 10:58:37 PM PST by freedom462
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To: freedom462

Two separate issues. They may be “printing” human organs before 2015 gets here. That’s almost a miracle, or do you disagree?

The first 3D printed organ — a liver — is expected in 2014
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3105585/posts


8 posted on 01/21/2014 11:01:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: freedom462

Nope, still not good enough for me, it is an improvement, but we still need even more technological advances before it can make up for the decaying and soul crushing times we live in.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 11:03:05 PM PST by freedom462
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To: freedom462
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way...

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

11 posted on 01/21/2014 11:10:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How it goes for me: It was the worst of times, it was the absolute worst of times, it was the age of foolishness, it was the age of ignorance, it was the epoch of narcissism, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Darkness, it was the season of Despair, it was the spring of doom, it was the winter of imprisonment, we had everything against us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to the 5th level of Hell, we were all going direct to the Ninth level...


12 posted on 01/21/2014 11:14:09 PM PST by freedom462
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To: freedom462

Man, go take a walk and clear your head, you’re starting to depress me and I almost never get down. Are we under a tyrannical regime? I think so, but remember, that’s the form of government that most people have ALWAYS lived under since we came out of the caves. A representative republic (”democracy” which is actually inaccurate) is a very rare thing. Kings, dictators, strongmen, oligarchies, emperors, theocracies are the norm, not the exception. People live through them.


13 posted on 01/21/2014 11:20:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Suddenly, “Star Trek” doesn’t seem so incredible. Soon we’ll be pushing buttons to make food appear.


14 posted on 01/21/2014 11:25:00 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Robot hamburger factory makes 360 Gourmet Burgers every hour...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3100817/posts

Your food’s in the printer...machine lets you create & eat your meal from freshly squeezed syringes
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3105895/posts

New 3D printer lets home cooks print their dinner
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3100938/posts


15 posted on 01/21/2014 11:37:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Remember the Tower of Babel


16 posted on 01/21/2014 11:40:02 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: knarf

Printing an organ is akin to the Tower of Babel? Should we go back to the medicine of three thousand years ago?


17 posted on 01/21/2014 11:47:33 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: freedom462; 2ndDivisionVet

I love FR.


18 posted on 01/21/2014 11:51:26 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: knarf
Remember the Tower of Babel

Say what?

19 posted on 01/21/2014 11:52:19 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

God gon’t like people getting too (physically) close to Him


20 posted on 01/22/2014 12:09:19 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

“I can hear it now....
“Mo-om! I can’t print my socks! “”

Oh, hilarious!


21 posted on 01/22/2014 1:46:49 AM PST by PastorBooks
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To: knarf

We didn’t get the divine ZOT for creating nuclear weapons or the bulldozer, I don’t think improved medicine will cross the line.

On the other hand, entire civilizations have been eliminated for sexual deviancy and killing their children. I think you misdirect your fears.


22 posted on 01/22/2014 5:07:05 AM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: freedom462
How it goes for me: It was the worst of times, it was the absolute worst of times,

That is actually a ignorant line.

How can you say that in light of WWII Germany, for example?

The plight of the Russians as the Soviet Union formed, starving tens of millions?

23 posted on 01/22/2014 6:25:10 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Revolting cat!; GeronL; Slings and Arrows

Soon followed by Homeland Security raids for making your own GUCCI knockoffs.


24 posted on 01/22/2014 7:52:24 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

You can adjust the business model to accommodate making your own Gucci clothing:

1. Log on to the Gucci website and download the pattern based on the measurements you submit.

2. A file is then wirelessly transmitted to your printer.

3. Your printer then dispenses the materials necessary to make your dress.

4. Snapchat-like, your printer then discards the pattern as per the license agreement.

What is coming are file formats that self-destruct according to the license agreement. Without this, the IP industry is going to be gutted, and there won’t be much new under the sun.

As for the market for printed anything - someone has to manufacture the printers, the cartridges, the recovery systems, the refills, the delivery, etc.

Will there be a market for traditionally made everything (i.e. durable as opposed to disposable)? Sure.


25 posted on 01/22/2014 8:01:52 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: RinaseaofDs

Beyond craftsmanship and “quality” of materials used, GUCCI sells exclusivity.

But Homeland Security and the FBI love raiding the warehouse boutiques that sell knockoff clothing so someone at some level will be using the product that way without the consent of the clothing manufacturer.

Meanwhile the gubmint isn’t so concerned about the knockoff Sharpie markers and Gillette razors sold at the dollar stores.


26 posted on 01/22/2014 8:06:23 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow. I didn’t realize how close we really are to Star Trek. Technology is advancing so quickly.


27 posted on 01/22/2014 8:27:01 AM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: freedom462

And every innovation, however odd or frivolous, gets us that much farther ahead.

“Strange how much human progress and achievement comes from contemplation of the irrelevant.” - Scott Kim


28 posted on 01/22/2014 10:08:44 AM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Fair point, but for the US I think it holds true, which is what I initially meant, granted, I should have explained it better. I also have a bad feeling it will soon be true for Russia and all of Europe as well.


29 posted on 01/22/2014 2:02:26 PM PST by freedom462
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To: a fool in paradise

Gucci stuff printed at home will still be ridiculously expensive so that it’s exclusive. Raids on knockoffs will focus on the download sites, just like how they’ve been tormenting Pirate Bay.


30 posted on 01/22/2014 2:11:02 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: discostu

there is no copyright on fashion. (see TED talk on subject)

just the label.

You can copy fashion at will.


31 posted on 01/26/2014 11:14:51 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

But in the world of high fashion it’s the label that matters. That’s why the knockoffs focus as much energy on making their label look (at first glance) like the “real” one as the garment itself.


32 posted on 01/26/2014 3:22:01 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: null and void

Va-Voom! I’d rather 3-D print one of her .... ;-)


33 posted on 01/26/2014 3:24:11 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
. . . and they’re talking about printing titanium powder, too. Put the two ideas together, you have instant armor!

Actually, printing custom clothing should be targeted to the Halloween market.

34 posted on 01/30/2014 4:14:22 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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