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Oscillation is a 3D Printed Dress Inspired by Quantum Physics


Fashion trio threeASFOUR debuts Oscillation, a 3D printed dress inspired by nano-vibrations, at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017.

A 3D printed dress dubbed “Oscillation” made its debut on the runways of New York Fashion Week, the design inspired by quantum physics and the building blocks of all existence.

The dress is the work of New York-based fashion collective threeASFOURfounded in 2005 by Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil. The transnational artists have a cultish following, thanks to their methods of fusing fashion with cutting-edge technologies.

Oscillation is the centrepiece of the studio’s Quantum Vibrations collection. To make it possible, threeASFOUR worked with New York designer Travis Fitch and 3D printing manufacturer Stratasys. Together they produced the multi-color, multi-material dress.

Check out this making of video straight from the catwalk, courtesy of Stratasys:

threeASFOUR use Oscillation to Move Fashion Forward

This is the third time threeASFOUR has partnered with Stratasys. They previously collaborated on two 3D printed dresses which were presented at the 2016 Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week earlier this year.

Oscillation was produced using 300 design files. Thirty separate flexible pieces were then printed in a flat pattern. To give the impression that the patterns of the dress transform, each 3D print was split into nine layers. These layers were less than one millimeter in thickness.

As Gil explains:

“In the case of ‘Oscillation,’ 3D printing with Stratasys PolyJet 3D printing technology has enabled us to visualize patterns in the 3D form as they truly are – complex, interwoven circles of energy, transforming in shape, color and flexibility as they radiate around the body.”

The designers used the Stratasys Connex3 to give the impression of patterns transformed in shape, color and flexibility. Once the prints were ready, they were assembled on the model’s body.

“The stellar parallax of the patterns, the way in which they transform as the viewing angle changes,” gushes Gil, “is only possible through 3D printing.”

Oscillation certainly isn’t ready for daily wear just yet. But it’s a fascinating fusion of 3D printing and fashion. In the meantime, you’ll have to find some other interwoven circles of energy to radiate around your body.

Source: Stratasys