I’m thrilled to introduce the first 3D printed Fashion collection made at home using FILAFLEX!
It all began couple of months ago when I was taking a look at instagram pictures using #filaflex and #recreus hashtags, I realized that a fashion student, Danit Peleg, was creating an amazing final Project printing the entire collection using our Filament. Immediately I made contact with her, to know more about her story and give her our support. It is curious to note that we were the first to print a 3d printed sneakers made at home, and now someone make a fashion collection 3D printed entirely at home using our filament is unbelievable.
The line has over 5 pieces, fully 3D printed, working for hours on end!
Follow the entire process has been an amazing experience and we are so proud to be part of. If you want to know a little bit more about the story behind the first 3D printed collection printed entirely at home, be sure to read the story written in her own words.
How I used FilaFlex to print the first 3D printed fashion collection My name is Danit Peleg and I printed my entire graduate collection for fashion school with 3D printers, at home. I didn’t know anything about 3D printing when I started, and I learned everything from people in the 3D community in Israel and online. I didn’t know if it would be possible to print my entire collection using home printers but I just had to try. When I first saw 3D printers, it seemed obvious to me that I could they should used in fashion. When I started working on my collection, I wanted to create everything on my own and print it from my own home and not using industrial printers.
Thanks to the support of the amazing teams at TechFactoryPlus and XLN, I quickly learned how 3D printers work and what materials are available. I tried multiple printers (Makerbot, Pursa, and finally Witbox) and different materials (e.g. PLA, soft PLA). I was really happy to join an incredible global community of makers who share their knowledge, designs, and time to help each other realize their dreams. I spent a month or so experimenting with PLA. I was not getting very far because the material is inflexible, which is the key property of a “real” textile. The breakthrough came when I was introduced to FilaFlex. FilaFlex turned out to be perfect for my use case: it’s strong, yet very flexible, and has many different colors. Using FilaFlex and Witbox, I was on my way to start printing the collection.
What’s really cool about FilaFlex is that it’s very versatile – I could create pretty solid structures like my red jacket, and at the same time I could create a type of textile inspired by Andreas Bastian’s Mesostructured Cellular Materials that could be used just like fabric – as raw material for dresses, skirts, and shirts. It took me around 2000 hours to print the entire 5-looks collection; at peak, I used 6 printers in parallel. It took around 30 spools of material. I was lucky to get sponsorship from Recreus for the materials, and I thank them wholeheartedly for helping me make this happen! If you’re thinking about printing anything that’s fashion-related, FilaFlex is the way to go!! I believe that anything is possible with 3D printers; we just need to keep pushing the medium further and try to do big things. If you want to learn more about the process, I have a DIY post on Reddit with a step by step guide