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3D-Printed Bikini Is Ready-To-Wear

3D-Printed Bikini Is Ready-To-Wear
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An iconic piece in a women's wardrobe becomes a transformative milestone in the world of fast-fashion.

Stephen Fortune
  • 7 june 2011

Continuum Fashion and Shapeways have broken new ground by designing the first consumer ready 3D printed swimsuit.

The N12 Bikini represents a significant departure from 3D printed fashion to date. Rather than being a houte couture piece or a conceptual foray, this bikini is a ready to wear item. It is fabricated entirely from nylon and proves that the iconic bikini can still be revolutionary 65 years after its creation

The bikini’s design fundamentally reflects the beautiful intricacy possible with 3D printing, as well as the technical challenges of creating a flexible surface out of the solid nylon. Thousands of circular plates are connected by thin springs, creating a wholly new material that holds its form as well as being flexible.

It may be the vanguard of consumer fashion created from 3D printing technologies. Accordingly it could force us to reconsider what we currently deem fast fashion (and the controversial elements accompanying that trend). The bikini is available for purchase from the Continuum Shapeways online store.

[Via Shapeways: N12: 3D Printed Bikini]

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