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Iris Van Herpen Uses 3D Printing and Magnets for Her New Collection – Update

The Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen revealed her spring and summer collection 2015 at the ready-to-wear show in Paris.

October 2, 2014: Inspired by magnetic fields when visiting the Large Hadron Collidier at the scientific research facility CERN, van Herpen created her “Magnetic Motion” Collection. In addition to 3D printing, techniques such as laser cutting and injection moulding were used to create three-dimensional structures for garments. Accessories like shoes, necklaces and belts were shaped by manipulating metal-infused materials with magnets. This results in unique objects with none of them being identical.

This transparent 3D printed dress with crystalline formations was created in collaboration with architect Niccolo Casas:


Van Herpen also teamed up with Dutch artist Jolan van der Wiel and Canadian architect Philip Beesley, who contributed his knowledge in advanced computing, synthetic biology and mechatronic engineering to her collection.






Oktober 10, 2014: Update – Further Details on 3D printed Dress

The semi-translucent mini dress designed in collaboration with architect Niccolo Casas was printed by 3D Systems on their ProX 950, using SLA technology (stereolithography), where a liquid photopolymer is cured layer by layer by UV light. It took 45 hours to print the front and 36 to print the back of the strapless dress. This process was then followed by 8 hours of finishing and polishing.

Following video shows Model Iekeliene Stange on the catwalk at the fashion show in Paris:

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