Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have created a system to put realistic-looking plastic hair on 3D printed objects. While this doesn’t help the follicularly challenged humans among us it does allow you to add cute hairdos to 3D printed characters and even simulate hard growth on living things.
The system uses a standard 3D printer with special programming that extrudes a little plastic and then pulls it up like a hit glue gun. The hair can be placed randomly on a surface or in rows and it can be brushed and cut.
The researchers found that it was difficult to quickly pull the extruding plastic away from the object using just the hot PLA extruder. Instead they decided to move the entire plate sideways, thereby pulling the plastic away from the surface. “Though the print head can’t move up rapidly, both it and the print bed that holds the work in progress can move rapidly from side to side,” the researchers said. “By applying the molten material and then moving the print head and the bed sideways, they found they could create the hair-like strands they wanted.”
“You just squirt a little bit of material and pull away,” said Gierad Laput, a Ph.D. student in Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. “It’s a very simple idea, really.”
You can read more about the project here but rest assured this technique will soon enter my repertoire of 3D printing tricks in order to finally 3D print a life-sized and hairy Burt Reynolds in blue plastic.
You probably don’t own a 3D printer yet. Like computers in the early 1980s, it’s an intriguing new technology that hasn’t quite found its place in the home.
However, schools and universities are proving to be a petri dish of innovation, where there is an existing space for experimentation and practical application, as well as palpable enthusiasm for the technology among both teachers and students.
Through the use of new software and Computer Aided Design (CAD), university and K-12 students alike can see their work come to life as it’s squirted magically into shape at the end of a heat-resistant nozzle. Students can build dioramas that genuinely excite: geometry has suddenly become physical and immediate, and math and science are no longer a hard slog through a dry textbook. Educators are harnessing their students’ creativity, and the next generation of designers, artists and scientists are being propelled in the right direction.
But 3D printing is not simply a catalyst that improves the lives of fortunate children and young adults in the education system. The fact is, there’s a very effective feedback loop in operation right now, and the primary driver behind innovation and development in the 3Dprinting industry is coming from education. I’m going to talk about three ways in which 3Dprinting and education are changing the world together.
In response to increased educational demand, CAD software has evolved dramatically in the last few years — and it’s not just engineers who are using it. Where before 3D printing was almost exclusively part of the manufacturing industry, demand for the technology in the classroom has pushed companies into developing technology to suit educational needs. As a result, there has been an explosion in the number of 3D design programs, especially for children, and this is allowing K-12 educators to make the most of the technology.
Educational institutes are already using 3D printing at the middle-school level, allowing students to move away from the old-fashioned poster and cardboard projects toward more inspiring and practical 3D modeling experimentation.
The Northern New York Robotics Academy’s Mars Colony project, for example, sees children using CAD software and a 3D printer to design and build Mars rovers, shape settler living quarters and build water supply resources. Not only is it fun, but it also is an educational opportunity to teach kids to use software and hardware.
Educators are harnessing their students’ creativity, and the next generation of designers, artists and scientists are being propelled in the right direction.
James Carroll, founder of the academy said, “The application of this technology is only limited by the ambition of the teacher and creativity of the students — and there’s no cap on either of those things here.”
Carroll went on to say that 3D printingtechnology is revolutionizing educationat the academy, giving students extraordinary levels of motivation and the opportunity to exercise their imaginations, as well as practice skills that will serve them in the future, in an exciting new way.
Competitions such as the Edu-Tech 3D Challenge are helping children discover their design talents, as well as giving them the chance to showcase their work and potentially win a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printing unit for their school.
Moreover, apps like Zotebook.io allow children (or adults) to free draw their designs in 2D and see them converted into exact models, ready for 3D or laser printing. Although apps like this are simple, they make abstract theories practical, models testable and teach students how the 3D printing process works.
For younger children, Dr. Fluff’s Robot Factory is a free and easy-to-use Android app that helps them create 3D models of robots. With apps like this, young children are learning to accurately manipulate images on screens, then see tangible results. Furthermore, teachers without access to 3D printers can send off for their students’ printed models in the mail, which, although perhaps not as fun to watch, at least adds an element of suspense to the class.
Then there’s FormZ, software that uses tutorials and practical application to teach students how to design and model in 3D. FormZ comes with specific student licenses that allow high school and university students free access for 12 months, and gives them invaluable experience with professional software.
Of course, there are many more programs and apps around, and far too many to mention here, but they do all have one thing in common: Although building a cardboard volcano in a shoe box is fun and educational, these apps and desktop programs are helping students develop valuable skills early in their educational lives. These are skills that can be applied in the real world and help them in their careers in the long run.
Since the mid-1990s, the Internet has helped break down classroom walls with unprecedented access to information and communication. Now, 3D printing is adding a tangible element to the mix.
Teaming up students in K-12 and at the university level with international groups presents an interesting opportunity; it’s like the modern-day pen pal, but much more powerful. We’re seeing the beginnings of real-time collaboration among schools and colleges around the world, and — with 3D printing — project work will never be the same again. Files created forprinting can easily be shared, which means that curriculums and even new subjects can be developed. Imagine a college classroom where the end project is not a hypothetical product but a real 3D printable solar panel design that can be printed for less than $30.
Take the recent success of the e-NABLE project as an example of the impact 3D printing can have on global design and production. The project began when a South African carpenter got in touch with an American prop maker in order to make a mechanical prosthetic hand for a young boy. After successfully creating the life-changing design, the pair then gave plans away for free in order to benefit people all over the world.
The way students interact with 3D printing has changed the trajectory of the industry.
The project has since grown into a global network of people setting out to help others whom they may never have met. For example, high school students from the Ben Barber Career and Technology Academy in Texas became involved in the project, collaborating to create a 3D-printed hand for Jayme Sims, a man who lost four fingers in a wood chipper accident. The prosthetic was based on the original e-NABLE design and only cost $50 to produce.
We can now build educational courses where students in London, the U.S. or anywhere in the world can together collaborate on projects that have the potential to change the lives of individuals and groups on the other side of the planet.
With CAD software and 3D printers now being designed to meet educational needs, the marketplace is shifting shape. Students are now learning how to use free, simple programs like TinkerCAD and are being taught to think in 3D in much the same way that many of us were taught how to use Microsoft Word from an early age.
This fundamental shift in focus and development from the industry is creating a whole new class of adoption. Instead of just engineers making prototypes, we are now seeing artists using 3D printing to form beautiful and interesting objects and designs that would be nearly impossible to achieve through any other medium.
Furthermore, it’s not just engineering schools picking up the tech; it’s reaching the general populace, too. Duke University is currently rolling out campus-wide access to 3D printing for its entire student body to offer the benefits of the technology to each and every one of its students.
“In the first four weeks of being open our students have accumulated 1478 hours of 3Dprinting across 601 print jobs. We did this using only seven printers and a small student support staff,” said Chip Bobbert, Digital Media Engineer at Duke University. “We hope not only to inspire our student body, but also to provoke new ways of thinking about problems and solutions. Technology like this has the power to change the way we see the world, and now is the time to embrace it.”
With open-source designs, education and competition-driven innovation, we’re going to see an exponential rise in both application and development of 3D tech. The investment in the future of the technology that we’re currently seeing will reap untold rewards, and that come from this upcoming generation.
New innovation in 3D printing is not just going to come from the engineering elite; it’s also going to spring forth from diverse groups due to the widespread access that the educationsystem is providing. Students are on the front lines of tech adoption, and the way students interact with 3D printing has changed the trajectory of the industry. As they learn how to design and print materials, they also are learning that technology itself opens the door to endless possibilities. Millennials and Generation Z are growing up with an entirely different mindset.
Hershey’s chocolate scientists are now 3D printing uniquely designed candy. The confection company is taking its CocoJet 3D printer from 3D Systems to different exhibits throughout the U.S. to show chocolate lovers how this futuristic candy machine creates uniquely delicious designs.
Consumers interact with a library of 3D graphics on an iPad to get the machine to form a number of chocolate designs – including complicated hexagons and intricately laced patterns. The CocoJet works on open-source patterns so it’s possible to upload your own design to the CocoJet, too. According to Hershey’s tech marketing exec Jeff Mundt, it’s a bit more complicated to get a figurine, but you could theoretically make yourself (or your crush friend) into a chocolate replica.
There are other chocolate-centric 3D printers out there. The Choc Edge is one that will also customize chocolate designs. Some 3D food printers can also take on the silky smooth texture of chocolate. However, Hershey’s believes its CocoJet is the most technologically advanced chocolate 3D printer in operation.
“We can 3D print anything that you could print with a plastic printer in chocolate. It looks very similar to a standard 3D Systems printer but it’s heavily modified” said Mundt.
We caught up with Mundt and the CocoJet while it was on display at Brit and Co’s Re:Make 2015 conference in San Francisco to check it out. Watch the video above to see some of Hershey’s mouth-watering delights 3D print before your very eyes.
Automobiles have made great strides in recent years in becoming cleaner and greener, but according to Divergent Microfactories, they still have miles to go. The problem, as the company sees it, is that while powertrains have become cleaner thanks to the use of alternative energy sources like battery power and fuel cells, manufacturing is dirtier than ever. The start-up puts forth a solution in the all-new Blade, which it calls “the world’s first 3D-printed supercar.”
Divergent declares the Blade the world’s first 3D printed supercar The nodes and carbon fiber tubes form the chassis The Blade is powered by a 700-hp engine that runs on compressed natural gas or gasoline Divergent chassis. Based in California, Divergent Microfactories was founded by Kevin Czinger, who also founded Coda Automotive. With Coda, he was focused on cleaning up the highways by promoting electric vehicle adoption. Coda’s electric car flopped, and the company filed for bankruptcy in 2013, emerging as the newly organized Coda Energy, a company that remains focused on energy storage for commercial and industrial applications.
Czinger has now turned his attention away from the roadways and toward the backend of the industry, working to create a cleaner, more efficient manufacturing paradigm based around 3D printing.
“A far greater percentage of a car’s total emissions come from the materials and energy required to manufacture it,” he explained during a keynote speech at last month’s O’Reilly Solid Conference. “How we make cars is actually a much bigger problem than how we fuel our cars.”
With visions of the hot rod building he did when he was younger, Czinger began formulating a simpler, less centralized concept of auto manufacturing based around a 3D-printed aluminum chassis joint he calls a node. The node is made by melting aluminum powder into form using a laser-based printing system. Individual nodes hold structural carbon fiber tubes together, building up a modular chassis like a sort of upsized children’s building kit.
Divergent says that its node-based chassis weighs some 90 percent less than an average car chassis and requires far less material and energy to produce. In fact, in introducing the concept, it carried the nodes and tubes for an entire chassis in a 120-liter (31.7 US gal) shoulder bag.
Divergent believes its 3D-printed nodes are analogous to the Arduinos that have opened up innovation within electronics, hiding technological complexity within an interface that is easy to work with. By using 3D-printed nodes, Divergent says that it can drastically cut down on the amount of space, time and investment required for automotive manufacturing. Once printed, the nodes allow a chassis to be constructed in a matter of minutes in a small, simple microfactory space. No longer will building a profitable car require the resources of a global corporation.
Divergent’s plan comes at a time when 3D printing is already starting to infiltrate the auto industry. Last year, Local Motors live-printed what it called the world’s first 3D-printed car, an open top composite tub called the Strati. At the time, Local Motors explained that while the older Urbee 3D-printed car was limited to printed panels and parts, the Strati’s entire non-mechanical structure was a 3D print. In less than a year since then, we’ve also seen a 3D-printed German microcar, Shelby Cobra replica and semi-solar electric car.
Those other 3D prints are all fairly tiny cars built primarily around small, limited-power electric drives. Divergent went a little bigger in its launch car, giving the Blade the chops to claim the title of world’s first 3D-printed supercar. The car has a 700-hp (522-kW) bi-fuel (gas/CNG) four-cylinder turbo engine and purportedly has the ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in a flat two seconds. That’s clear “we’ll believe it when we see it” territory, but suffice it to say, the Blade takes 3D-printed performance far beyond other contemporary 3D-printed cars.
The Blade chassis weighs just 102 lb (46 kg), and the entire car, complete with composite body and 700-hp engine, is listed at just 1,388 lb (635 kg). That gives it a 1.1 hp/kg power-to-weight ratio in line with the Koenigsegg One:1 and Hennessey Venom F5. We’re not entirely optimistic that those numbers will make it to production completely intact, but they sure do look good in a company launch media kit.
Beyond just building the Blade, Divergent hopes to “dematerialize and democratize” the auto manufacturing industry by putting its 3D-printed build technology into the hands of small start-ups. This will allow those start-ups to avoid the extremely cost-intensive barriers of traditional auto manufacturing and innovate new vehicles out of microfactories of their own. Divergent estimates the cost of developing a traditional car factory at US$1 billion, putting the cost of a microfactory with 10,000-car/year capacity at around $20 million.
Divergent says that its node-based chassis ecosystem could just as easily be used to build a pickup truck as a sports coupe. It’s not hard to imagine those hypothetical start-ups using the simplified building-block chassis method to quickly design vehicles of all different sizes and styles.
“We’ve found a way to make automobiles that holds the promise of radically reducing the resource use and pollution generated by manufacturing,” Czinger says. “It also holds the promise of making large-scale car manufacturing affordable for small teams of innovators. And as Blade proves, we’ve done it without sacrificing style or substance.”
If the idea of an auto microfactory sounds familiar, it’s because the same Local Motors that laid claim to building the first 3D-printed chassis last year has been using the concept for years. Local Motors microfactories build small, niche vehicles like the Rally Fighter and Verrado trike.
Before Divergent’s utopian industry shift happens, the company has some serious work to do. It will need to prove that its construction methods are up to the task of meeting rigid automotive safety standards. It will also need to prove that its microfactory concept is capable of spitting out cars as efficiently and cheaply as claimed. Given that its announcement media kit doesn’t include a timeframe or Blade pricing, we’re filing both the supercar and the democratization of auto manufacturing at large under “bold ideas we hope to hear more about in the future.”
Watch a Divergent chassis come to life in the video below, and if you’re interested in hearing Divergent’s mission laid out by Czinger himself, check out his 14-minute keynote speech on YouTube.
We have recently seen huge 3D printers coming out, but this 3D printer from WASP is by far the largest ever built. WASP is planning to unveil the world’s largest 3D printer in Massa Lombarda in Italy over the next weekend (18th September 2015) where the annual 3D printers show is scheduled.
World’s Advanced Saving Project (aka WASP) is an organization that is promoting 3D printing technology for housing to the masses at an international level. Their motto is to “create a means for affordable fabrication of homes, and provide these means to the locals in poverty stricken areas“. The idea is that 3D printers can built affordable and reliable houses that can use local material, abundant in poor countries. Imagine having the world’s largest 3D printer solving one of the biggest problems of our society, poverty and homeless people who live in the streets under horrible conditions.
We heard rumors that WASP is preparing for something grant, but it was hard to actually imagine the scale of this 3D printer. We are dying to see the actual final prototype in Italy and write all about it in an extensive review. Details of the world’s largest 3D printer are scarce, but according to reliable sources, WASP will present an enormous delta-style 3D printer with the code name Big Delta. Measuring as much as 12 meters high, you can imagine the wow factor that it will produce during the conference. We are sure that Big Delta will be the talk of any workshop among the 3D printing industry experts which will be attending Massa Lombadra’s numerous theatrical events.
According to the company’s statement in a recent interview, building the world’s largest 3D printer was a dream that a lot of folks in WASP were chasing the last few years. Considering that in the next 15 years, all projections show that over 4 billion human beings will need an affordable house to live in, while having a budget of as low as $3k in cash, you can immediately get the picture of WASP’s plans to face the challenge. The UN is projecting that by 2030, each day 100k new homes will be needed to meet this rapid growth. The only real answer to this issue, is 3D printing that uses smart technology to bring houses into life with very little resources.
The vision of WASP’s executive team is to create the Maker Economy. By that, we mean that everything will be self-manufactured. Crazy? Well, not so much, considering that most of the products we use on a daily basis to granter things like houses, can all be built by shared solutions using 3D printers.
Big Delta will be also featured in a cameo appearance in “Shamballa”, a special show in Rigodon Theatre. Alessandro Cavoli who directed and produced was quite keen to bring the world’s largest 3D printer on stage and use the immense size to make a lasting impression to the audience.
Let’s wait for a couple of weeks to see WASP being unveiling and get ready to be amazed by their plans to change the world into a better place!
Hewlett-Packard, one of the world’s greatest hardware manufacturers, is planning to make a strategic move which shows how much they are targeting 3D printers in the future. Clearly HP has great ambitions in this lucrative area, and they want to move from traditional printers to 3D printing as soon as possible.
For that reason, Hewlett-Packard announced the appointment of a dedicated executive that will seat on the company’s board with one mission. To take 3D printers sales to the next level. HP decided to split into 2 distinct business in November, according to recent news that Fortune brought into the spotlight.
The recently appointed exec is Steve Nigro, who was previously Hewlett-Packard’s VP of imaging and printing. Mr. Nigro will lead the HP 3D printers business while the rest of the company will remain its laser focus on PC and traditional printers.
Dion Weisler, the new CEO of Hewlett-Packard, wrote a few days ago that the company’s 3D printing products are very close to being made available into the wide public. That’s why HP has decided to create a dedicated 3D Printing center of excellence that will gather the best engineers and 3D printing experts. Stephen Nigro will report directly to Mr. Weisler who will be closely tracking the 3D printing sales as the first commercial units hit the market.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is no stranger to 3D printing tech. They have been developing state of the art products but their attention to perfection has prevented them to release a final consumer product. In 2014, Hewlett-Packard announced that the first commercially available HP 3D printer will ship in 2016. That’s not any time soon though, and taking into consideration the stiff competition, we believe that Hewlett-Packard will have to work really hard to gain market share. However, the company has deep pockets and they can deal with a long term investment that will surely pay off in the future.
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Do you need more evidence to convince anyone that 3D printing is changing our lives? Just show them the following heart breaking video of Isabella, a little girl who lost her arm. She was presented by a pink-blue 3D printed robotic human arm and she couldn’t believe it. Check how happy Isabella is, and it’s all because of 3D printers. Their impact in every day life is so amazing that it cannot be ignored anymore.
The technology is called E-nabled arms and is currently breaking the internet. The latest viral video features E-nabled arms by a volunteer engineer called Stephen Davies who was kind enough to put significant amount of effort, time and resources to make a little girl’s dream come true. Isabella was overwhelmed. You can see the total happiness painted on her eyes. Watch this video and you will never feel the same again about E-nabled arms and 3D printing technology.
If you were touched by Isabella’s story and you want to help more children like her, now you can. Visit E-nable official website and learn more about Enablecon 2015, the massive annual event that is looking to make an impact. E-nabled arms team wants to use 3D printers to make over 1,000 hands for kids who need them. They need your help to achieve this goal.
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NASA recently tested a 3D printed rocket turbo pump, which was assembled with 45% fewer parts than usual pumps that used conventional materials. The feat is proving to save NASA significant time and of course tax payer dollars. But the real question is, when NASA is going to produce an entire 3D printed rocket?
In an interview given by NASA official, the rocket turbo pump was referred to as “one of the most complex 3D printed rocket engine parts ever made”. It took NASA 15 exhaustive tests to simulate the environment and force that 35 thousand of rocket thrust can produce. The numbers are quite impressive as the turbine is capable of generating 2k horsepower. To put this in context with something that you are probably more familiar with, this is about twice the horsepower of your usual NASCAR engine. It moves 1,200 gallons of liquid hydrogen per minute and spins at more than 90 rpms, which is almost ten times faster than Formula 1 race cars. Just awesome.
Oh boy, this turbo pump is actually working. Amazing fit for NASA, isn’t it?
3D printed rockets are becoming the most critical part for NASA designs in the future. According to Mary Beth Kolebl, Deputy Manager of Marshall’s Propulsion System Department, testing 3d printed rocket fuel pumps like this one NASA is looking to decrease the cost and of course the associated risk by using a completely new technology to build rockets using 3D printers.
Nick Case, an engineer that worked on the 3D printed rocket turbo pump suggested that the actual work usually takes 4 full years. However, NASA managed to cut this time in half using advanced 3D printing technology and demonstrating what 3D printers are really capable of.
In the following video, you can watch real footage of the 3D printed rocket fuel pump that demonstrates the immense power packed in such a small package.
We have already seen an astronaut operating a 3D printer while in space. How soon will we be able to see a full 3D printed spaceship? Maybe not in one or two years, but who knows, it can actually be much sooner than most people think. The 3D printing revolution is upon us! Are you ready?
Design studios like Nervous System focus on 3d printed innovations and come up with novel processes that allows a 3D printed dress to move and sway like real fabric. The bespoke software behind it, called Kinematics, combines origami techniques with novel approaches to 3D printing, pushing the technology’s limits.
After two days of printing at Shapeways, a dusty boulder of plastic emerges from an industrial-sized 3D printer. Technicians remove excess dust like archeologists in search of a long-buried garment. The plastic parts are cleaned and dyed, resulting in a little black (or white) dress made from tiny, interlocking bricks of plastic.
Designer Jessica Rosenkrantz made sure the gown was more than mere gimmickry. Buttons, cleverly modelled into the triangles make it easy to don and doff. Unlike other 3D printed clothing that feels like a suit of armour, the long dress flows and moves as the model strides and twirls.
Comfort was a key concern. Rosenkrantz wore 3D printed jewellery for weeks at a time in an attempt to catch design features that chafe. She built her wardrobe piece by piece, starting with a bracelet, then a belt, and finally a bodice before moving on to a dress. Rosenkrantz brought an old-school tailor’s approach to the project, but was happy to leverage modern technology. For example, 3D scans of the model’s body ensured a perfect fit. She worked with Shapeways to optimise the print quality and aesthetics. As a result, her garment and its Github repository recently were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art.
Nervous System originally developed the Kinematics concept as part of a project for Google. The goal was to help add bit of cool to a pavilion promoting Android phones. Nervous System figured out how to print bracelets on MakerBots by reducing dimensional designs to flat pieces of plastic that could be printed in under an hour and folded like origami. Google was pleased with the promotion, but Nervous System believed the concept could be used to make garments. “We’d done some simulations and made some animations showing that we could do it hypothetically,” says Rosenkrantz.
These hypothetical simulations precipitated a software engineering effort one year in the making. Scaling up from a wrist-worn wearables to cocktail dress posed a particular challenge. The hinges linking the triangles must be small enough to let the fabric flow, but robust enough to avoid a wardrobe malfunction.
These mechanical challenges were exacerbated by limitations in 3D printing technology. Pieces made with the technology have a grain, like wood, and certain orientations create stronger parts. The solution was to revamp the software. “We were able to do so much design-wise without ever printing anything,” says Rosenkrantz. “We knew not only exactly what the final piece would look like but also how it would behave.” Simulating folds was slow and inaccurate at first. Test prints of belts with 77 hinges worked beautifully, but scaling up to the 700 or more needed to create a dress repeatedly broke the software. Physics engines were tossed aside like fabric swatches.
Originally, the simulator would fold the clothes down into a ball. “Sort of like you are wadding clothes up to toss in you hamper,” says Rosenkrantz. “It looked cool but it wasn’t the most efficient way to get the volume of our designs down.” So Rosenkrantz and partner Jesse Louis-Rosenberg developed a collision-based simulator that replicates how one might fold clothes to put them in a drawer.
The project pushed design, fashion, and fabrication in surprising ways. “To 3D print structures in this crazy compressed form and have them unfold; that almost sounds like science fiction,” says Rosenkrantz. “Frankly, when you work on something complex like this in a completely digital world for so long, the biggest surprise is that it actually works as intended, from the compressing to the fit, draping, and movement.”
Printing also required special development. Nervous System needed to develop new tools to load its software. “We’ve been working with Nervous and our community over the years to push the machines to their limits,” says Carine Carmy of Shapeways. “From how densely we can pack the trays so you can print 1,000 products at once versus just one, to how long you need to run them so we can produce products more quickly, to how precise and detailed the prints can be so that you can design with micron precision.”
Next up for Nervous System is improving the speed and adding new mechanisms and structures that will allow simulating different materials — think of a stout tweed versus a gossamer silk. Ultimately, the team thinks can be expanded for other applications like Skylar Tibbits Hyperform project.
At $3,000 a pop, Nervous System isn’t quite ready to commercialize its wearable wares. But there are certainly ambitious plans to develop it even further. “That is a very high number although perhaps considerably lower than the price of most other 3D printed garments,” she says. “We’re hoping to bring the price down before we start selling clothing.“
These Titanium 3D High Heels are created by Bryan Oknyansky. He wants to bring 3D printed shoes to a wide audience. Muuse x Vogue is currently holding the Young Vision Award Accessories 2014.
As of right now, the votes have starting pouring in and the designers are in round one. Round two is when Vogue Senior Fashion Editor and Vogue Talents Editor Sara Maino will be personally choosing the winner. Only 50 designers will be making it to the second round.
These heels are fierce and fabulous. They look futuristic and are part of the ‘Heavy Metal Series.’
The premise of the collection is to fuse technology and beauty together. The Heavy Metal Series is the world’s first titanium alloy high heel that uses 3D printing. The collection was created based on a fusion of architectural design research and advanced digital fabrication technology.
The end result of these titanium 3D-printed high heels is a one-of-a-kind shoe with technology, luxury and beauty. Vogue especially is known for making headlines in fashion, so we only expect more and more luxury brands to come into 3d printing and embrace technology’s new frontiers. If they work together, they can establish great things together and advance the notions of style and fashion.
These amazing 3D-printed high heels is just an example of what 3D printers can achieve when there is the will to innovate. We only have to let our imagination go wild and our mind to be wide open. The ideas will then flow just like these cool 3d-printed high heels were created, and we shall see even more fantastic implementation of 3d printing technology.
Next stop? Wearables. Let’s see what the future holds for innovative people who are bold enough to try new stuff for the first time!