3D Printing Clothes At Home
Do want to design your own top that you can wear and look hot in the party tonight? You can just 3D print it right at home. Joshua Harris, industrial designer recently designed a Clothing Printer with a vision of 3D printing your favorite clothes. Harris developed the Clothing Printer with a group of colleagues as a project. This project placed in the Semifinals of the annual Electrolux design competition in 2010.
With a wall-mounted 3D clothing printer in every house, clothing companies could sell their designs as digital templates to be added to your machine, and then selected pieces would be printed using material cartridges.
Current clothing production is wasteful and takes up too much space. This could be a problem when it’s predicted 75% of the Earth’s population will be living in cities around 40 years from now. Space is already a valuable commodity but by the time this migration has taken place, space could be the most valuable.
Created to help solve problems arising from escalating urbanization, the 3D printer could potentially make the fashion industry much more sustainable. Printing clothing at home would eliminate the need for space on both an individual level (less need for closets and washing machines) and an industrial level (eliminating space used for warehouses and factories). Clothing would not need to be transported, adding to the sustainability and economy of this idea, and old material could be broken down in the machine, and the thread re-used.
Currently, the goal is for 3D clothing printers to become available to consumers by 2050.