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Tech Makes the Leap From Quantum Physics-Inspired 3D-Printed Dresses to Healthcare Innovations

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Tech Makes the Leap From Quantum Physics-Inspired 3D-Printed Dresses to Healthcare Innovations
PHOTOGRAPH: Stratasys | The 3D-printed OSCILLATION Dress made its debut at the recent NY Fashion Week.

When a quantum physics-inspired dress using 3D printing recently hit the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer runway, audiences were intrigued. It was, after all, something novel.

The 3D-printed dress that took design inspiration from dragon scales was created by Gabi Asfour. “We spent a long time researching and discovered that there are very specific formations that happen under certain frequencies. These formations reminded us of prints and other designs, a bit like tribal tattoos,” Asfour said.

The 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, Stratasys, Ltd. collaborated with fashion leader three ASFOUR and New York-based designer Travis Fitch to create the eye-riveting and intricate 3D printed dress. Dubbed ‘Oscillation,’ such a dress  is comprised of 30 individual and highly precise multi-color, multi-material 3D printed parts made by assembling  270 unique design files.

IMPORTANT USES OF 3D PRINTING

The designer said 3D printing is bound to find its way to high-street fashion before long. It is not just the fashion industry that has found great use for 3D printing.

Over the last few years, 3D printing has been used by healthcare professionals, particularly in the creation of models. In  one instance, a 12-year-old boy sustained grave injuries in an accident and required rebuilding of part of his cranium while allowing his continued growth.

In lieu of a conventional prosthesis, specialists used prototypes from a Stratasys 3D Printer. With the help of the innovative prosthesis, prototyped with FDM 3D printing technology, the boy’s life was saved.

Other uses of 3D printing are for aircraft maintenance and customized car designing; for students’ use in educational institutions; and for prototyping robots. A few years back, American global aerospace company Lockheed Martin tweeted that 3D printing, quantum computing are the wave of the future, citing the potential of additive manufacturing for a range of products, including satellites, spacecraft and aircraft.
All over social media sites, the prediction is that by 2027, 10 percent of everything that is being produced will be 3D printed. For now, year 2017 will most likely see the introduction of more disruptive technologies spanning the 3D printing and additive manufacturing world.
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