Model wears fully 3D printed dress

3D Printed Fashion Suite launched by XYZ Workshop & Ultimaker

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  • Written by Matthijs de Deugd
    Aug 18, 2014

Today XYZ Workshop released the Fashion Suite by XYZ Workshop x Ultimaker. It's available from YouMagine to download for free and it consists of the XYZ Workshop's inBloom Dress, Flexible watch, Women's clutch and Men's Wallet. In the near future it will be expanded with even more free fashion items.

The inBloom Dress was developed out of the desire to push the capabilities of what could be printed on an Ultimaker 3D printer using Flexible PLA filament. The dress first appeared on the catwalk in the 3D Printshow in New York last February where XYZ Workshop and Ultimaker stole the show indeed.

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The inBloom Dress at 3D Printshow's runway

At its debut in New York the inBloom Dress was measured to be the longest 100% desktop 3D printed dress at approximately 213 cm long. The dress is made of 191 panels, took 450 hours to print and used 1.7 kg of 2.85 mm PLA Flexible, this is equivalent to approximately USD$103.50 worth of filament.

I can see how 3D printing can be of a great influence in the fashion industry. Within this industry there is a huge desire for customization and setting yourself apart from everything else. That is exactly what 3D printing is good at. Through digital fabrication it enables shorter processing times for a designer and 3D printing gives them the freedom and flexibility to produce things in smaller quantities and continue to design new work while the printer does all the work! says Ultimaker’s CEO, Siert Wijnia.

What makes this dress stand apart from other 3D printed fashion is that it actually looks delicate and lace like with qualities of movement. We can’t wait to see how other people will push the limits with a desktop 3D printer, especially with the use of Flexible PLA.

The textile of the inBloom Dress is created from a primary mesh of a geometric floral motif with an accent motif of a bouquet of leaves and flowers. The inner skirt is layered, and the floral motif varies in transparency. The outer skirt consists of a knee-length piece over the front showing hints of the back layers beneath. The skirt becomes full length as it drapes towards the back, and it ends with an astonishing 193 cm long train.

Elena Low, co-founder of XYZ Workshop, is equally excited about the 3D printing possibilities:

We wanted to make a 100% desktop 3D printed piece to showcase that 3D printed fashion was not exclusive to large, expensive industrial 3D printers. The Fashion Suite, including the inBloom Dress is released as an open source package. In order for us as a community to advance 3D printable fashion, we believe we can help stimulate and encourage experimentation by publicly providing the design files.

Photography Credits

  • Dress design XYZ Workshop
  • 3D printed on Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker Original
  • Photography Fanny van Poppel
  • Make-up and hair Danielle Trilsbeek
  • Model Awisa

Learn more about 3D printing in fashion here.