Nervous System Smart Folding Strategy Compresses Fabric to Smaller Form for 3D Printing

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May 21, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: May 21 on

Could there be applications for this type of technology in 3D printing of conformal flexible armor; camoflage, conceilment and deception (CCD) systems; and/or large size fabrics with new properties for shelters?Design studio Nervous System uses 3D printing technology to create unique accessories, jewellery and art inspired by patterns found in nature. Their latest work is the Kincematic Petals Dress commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston for their #techstyle exhibition.The exhibition explores the synergy between fashion and technology and takes a close look at how its not only changing the way designers work but also the way how people interact with their clothing.The stunning red Petals Dress composes of over 1600 unique pieces that are interconnected by more than 2600 hinges. It was 3D printed in nylon in one whole piece using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology.In order to be able to 3D print the garment in on piece, Nervous System employs a smart folding strategy to compress the dress into a smaller form for production.