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3D printing directly onto leather – industry first

3D printed jewelry and shoes premiered during ‘Milan Design Week’, at Via Tortona 31 Alta, from the 8-14 April 2019
Stratasys Art Design and Fashion reveals a new collection by graduate fashion designer, Ganit Goldstein, entitled Shifted Craft. The project, which consists of seven pieces of jewelry and two pairs of shoes, was almost entirely created using Stratasys 3D printing.

The vision behind the experimental collection is to explore the relationship between body, form and technology using a combination of traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge multi-material 3D printing.

Supported by the Stratasys team, Goldstein has worked closely over the past two years as part of an ongoing research project into amalgamating fashion concepts with Stratasys PolyJet multi-material 3D printing technology. Goldstein’s source of inspiration for the Shifted Craft collection, as well as previous collections, originates from her experiences in Japan learning a traditional technique for dying yarns and fabrics called ‘ikat’ at the Tokyo University of the Arts. The interdisciplinary approach of ‘ikat’ and PolyJet 3D printing has enabled Goldstein to push the boundaries of intricacy and customization for her fashion designs.
3D printed jewelry, designed by Ganit Goldstein in collaboration with Stratasys. Produced on a J750 full-color, multi-material 3D Printer.
“Stratasys’ advanced 3D printing technology provides me with the unrestricted ability to print my designs in any color, form, and complexity,” says Goldstein. “This collection was designed to shatter traditional limitations, by using the unique capabilities of 3D printing to innovate fashion design as we know it.”

To create the seven jewelry pieces, 3D scanning and programming was used to design the shapes in parametric software and then produced using a Stratasys J750 3D printer with its full-color, multi-material capabilities. With ultra-realistic prints, the J750 was utilized to provide high-quality tests for Goldstein’s research using complex shapes, including scaled parts as tiny as one-millimeter in thickness.
Produced on a J750 full-color, multi-material 3D Printer3D printed jewelry designed by Ganit Goldstein in collaboration with Stratasys. .

"I wanted to make the entire collection accessible and ‘ready-to-wear’, in order to show the real potential of 3D printing,” explains Goldstein. “Certainly, with regards to the two pairs of shoes in the collection, we are breaking new ground for using such methods to create wearable shoes. I was able to print directly onto leather – an entirely new feature for 3D printing technology.”

As an evolution from traditional textile production methods, Goldstein uses digitally-created materials for the two shoes. This not only enabled Goldstein to digitally manipulate the physical properties of the fabric, but also have complete control over design, geometry and customization of the pieces. Accessing the full color capabilities of the J750 3D Printer, the unique process of 3D printing on fabric is extremely fast and does not require tools or molds typically needed in traditional textile production.

3D printed shoes, designed by Ganit Goldstein in collaboration with Stratasys. Produced on a J750 full-color, multi-material 3D Printer.

Naomi Kaempfer, Creative Director of Art, Design and Fashion at Stratasys concludes: “Ganit lawfully and rigorously seeks to analyze and express the specific dimensions and qualities of the Japanese Ikat craft with use of parametric design, the containment within the borders of 2.5 dimension, while the technology enables full 3D modeling is an interesting one. Stratasys is focused on promoting and researching the extents of 3D textile design and applications. With new advances made in printing directly onto textiles, we are entering a new era of fashion design. We are committed to exploring innovations with our collaborators.”

3D printed shoes, designed by Ganit Goldstein in collaboration with Stratasys. Produced on a J750 full-color, multi-material 3D Printer.
Goldstein was selected to exhibit her collection to the public as part of the Israeli Pavilion, along with fifteen other designers. To find out more about the new 3D printed collection, visit ‘Milan Design Week’ 2019. Find more details and photos of the new collection in the link - 
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