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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

3D Printing for Fashion

Continued examples of 3D Printing.  Also note this as an example of what is called late stage differentiation, which improves supply chain efficiency.   But also does conflict with economies of scale that have been key to manufacturing costs for a long time.  Colleague Walter Riker just passed along a link on what is being 3D printed today.

" .... The 3D printing technology is most widely used for manufacturing prototypes quickly and inexpensively. Over the past several years, however, 3D printing has moved into applications such as architecture, dental and medical and even human tissue replication. One burgeoning marketplace is 3D printing is fashion, including garments, footwear, jewelry and eye wear. For example, South African fashion designer Michaella Janse van Vuuren just announced a collection multi-material 3D printed designs using Stratasys¿ new Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer. San Francisco-based startup Continuum lets anyone design their own clothing through its Constrvct online destination, where digital designs are exported to pattern files. The company then uses the files to manufacture the garments on 3-D printers. ... " 

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