Imagine a future in which you simply connect a device to a computer and can print a solid object.
Technology is currently working towards bridging the gap between cyberspace and the physical world with 3D printing. The first look we had at this was <a href="http://www.gizmag.com/nike-3d-printed-cleat/26403/" target="_blank">Nike's 3D printed athletic cleats.</a>
Now, the moment many have been waiting for is finally here: a totally 3D printed dress.
Using a 3D printer and computer, the dress is made of a flexible, fabric-like material often used for architectural modeling.
Oh, and although it may not appear to be, it's extremely comfortable to wear. Just ask Dit Von Teese. She debuted this gown Monday night at the Ace Hotel in New York, along with stagewear designer Michael Schmidt.
<a href="http://firsttoknow.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/3D-Printed_gown_detail.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-25439" title="3D-Printed_gown_detail" src="http://firsttoknow.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/3D-Printed_gown_detail.jpg" alt="" width="445" height="296" /></a>Covered in 12,000 black Swarovski crystals, this very high-tech gown is polished and lacquered to give it that ultimate shine.
In order for the dress to sensually hug Ditta's body, thousands of components were printed in an elegant lattice to fit her every curve. This new technology is making history. It summons the possibility that one day (very soon) we will have customized garments designed to meet the measurements and needs of anyone.
If you happen to always have trouble finding clothes that fit you properly, as well as flatter your body, your days of anguish may soon be over.
This fully articulated gown is 3D modeled by architect Francis Bitonti and then 3D printed in Nylon by Shapeways.
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