Fabric From A 3D Printer

Modeclix Collection Releases Beautiful 3D Printed Dresses

Modeclix Collection

Are you interested in having your own fashionable 3D printed dress to be the talking point of the party? This Modeclix collection may be perfect for you.

Developers from the University of Herfordshire in the UK have announced a prototype collection of 3D printed dresses created using their Modeclix technology.

The project has created wearable and customizable dresses which have similar qualities to cloth and are easier to move in than other 3D printed dresses we’ve seen so far.

Agnes Lloyd PlattThe company Modeclix was developed by Dr. Shaun Borstrock, Associate Dean and the Head of the Digital Hack Lab at the University of Herfordshire. He worked in collaboration with Professor Mark Bloomfield, Managing Director of Electrobloom. 

“Previous 3D printed designs have been mostly conceptual pieces that are solid, with little or no movement. We have strived to create stylish 3D printed garments that have sufficient movement to ensure they are fluid, eye-catching and comfortable to wear. These prototypes are made, dyed and finished by hand and our aim now is to produce them for a wider market,’ says Dr Borstrock. “It will only be a matter of time before we see 3D collections on the high street and 3D printing technology in stores as part of everyday life. We’re pleased to be part of the movement that is exploring how this might become a reality.”

How does the Modeclix Collection work?

Each dress is made up from different 3D printed pieces, rather than printed as one whole garment, which allows for the clothing to be completely customized.

By interpreting knit patterns, and stitches the Modeclix collection is made up of flowing, flexible 3D printed textiles.

These can then be colored and dyed easily as well as adjusted and connected by attaching the links of the textiles by hand.

Mark Bloomfield said: “I’ve spent the last 25 years exploring how technology and 3D printing can enhance production techniques for jewellery and accessories, and this has been a fantastic opportunity to take this research even further. There is a huge amount of potential to develop complex construction techniques that defy traditional pattern cutting and create garments that are multi-functional, customizable and wearable.”

The collection of eight gorgeous dresses and two headpieces will be unveiled on April 21st at the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival.

To find out more, you will be able to view the collection online from 1 May 2016 at Digitalhacklab and Modeclix. It will also be available to view in store from 23 May 2016 at Electrobloom.