One of the top tech trends we talked about for 2013 is personalization– the ability to make things completely customized, on-demand.
A fascinating group of business models is emerging in response to new print and visualization technologies, and one of them is Constrvct, a custom clothing company created by two programmers on the East Coast.
The Constrvct concept is that you upload images to create a fabric design and enter your measurements into an interactive 3D model of the garment you choose.
The garment is previewed live in your measurements with the design on it. You can spin the model around to see how your design appears from all angles!
If you like it, you order it, and Constrvct custom digitally prints the fabric, then cuts the pattern- with a laser or plotter- and sews the garment to your measurements. Continue reading →
It’s great to live in the Bay Area, where resources like TechShop and MakerFaire allow us to access the latest physical object technology developments. However, one thing New York is getting first is Shapeways‘ Factory of the Future. At this unbelievable 3D print-on-demand store, they are going to have 50 industrial 3d printing machines. In the very near future, you’ll be able to send in your file and have your object printed and then go pick it up, like having a poster printed at Kinkos. And the materials available aren’t just plastics, resins and nylon anymore- you can get metal and (food-safe!!) ceramic printed too.
At the London 3D Printshow last month, legendary British milliner Stephen Jones debuted his first wearable 3D printed hat! You can watch a video of the hat being printed and then worn on the runway here. Clone Factory in Japan is using 3D printing to make custom personal action figures and dolls. Materialise N.V., a huge rapid prototyping company, has a design division called MGX that makes housewares and accessories from files created by contemporary designers. Here in the Bay Area, Bespoke Innovations uses 3D print technology to design unique, uncannily beautiful custom artificial limbs. That’s one of theirs in the picture. Even lighting elements are now being printed, thanks to some awesome work by Disney Research – did you even know there was a research lab arm of Disney? I didn’t, until today!