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Posted: Mar 19, 2013
The future of clothing: 3D printing your own clothes
(Nanowerk News) A project by industrial designer Joshua Harris, the clothing printer, takes the whole 3D printing thing to a whole new level. This concept would bring clothing production into the home, potentially eliminating the need for closets, washing machines and dryers.
The technology for a clothing printer exists but is not packaged in a form that would be suitable for consumer use. With the future potential of printing technology, an at-home clothing printer is a definite possibility. Harris set out to define the experience. Here is what he came up with:
Having a connected, in-home clothing printer opens up new opportuities for the clothing industry with online marketplaces and downloadable designs.
Fashion designers in the future can sell cartridges of material and then sell their designs digitally for the user to print.
After wearing a given piece, you can load the garment back into the printer where it is broken back down into thread and cleaned. The thread is returned to the cartridge it came from for future use.