Re-Engineering the Fashion World with 3D Printing
On September 14, the worlds of fashion and tech intersected at NYU Tandon’s MakerSpace, where you could see a display of little black dresses and unique accessories that would not have been out of place in a high-end boutique in a trendy city neighborhood.
The occasion was a “3D Talk” panel discussion organized by Barbara Hanna, the founder of Cyant, a company that aims to connect art and technology. On the panel were Sylvia Heisel, a designer working with new materials, manufacturing techniques, and physical computing whose dresses were being shown; Lizz Hill, a senior manager of the product visualization team for accessories hardware and jewelry at the iconic company Coach, who also has her own line of 3D printed jewelry called Toolry; Lauren Slowik, the director of education and designer evangelism at the platform Shapeways and a founding member of the Lady Tech Guild, a group started to connect and inspire women working in the 3D industries.
Moderated by Hanna and Victoria Bill, the founding manager of Tandon’s MakerSpace, the discussion ranged over a wide array of topics, from the ways in which 3D printing is shortening the time between envisioning a product and seeing it in the marketplace to the popularity of bio-inspired accessory designs and the scalability of creating fabric on a 3D printer.
“Tech is no longer a forbidden word in the fashion industry,” Hill asserted. “It has changed into a real selling point. People who want to be in on the latest are searching out 3D printed designs.”