Multi-material 3D printer brings gorgeous fashion to life

The capabilities of the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D printer have been demonstrated to gorgeous effect by designer and engineer Dr Michaella Janse van Vuuren.

Multi-material is going to be the next big thing in 3D printing, allowing for multiple colours and materials in a single print session. And 3D printing company Stratasys is right in the vanguard with its Objet500 Connex3, unveiled in January.

The printer has three nozzles, which allows users to print in three materials at the same time — or three different colours, cyan, magenta and yellow, for an entire rainbow of colour options.

What could you do with such a printer? Well, the potential options are amazing. But perhaps an artist is the best person to showcase just how beautiful 3D printing can be. Dr Michaella Janse van Vuuren, a South African artist, designer and engineer, has used the Objet500 Connex3 to create a range of fashion accessories in a collection she calls the Garden of Eden — a subverted version of the biblical myth in which the woman is free and powerful. … (Read more)


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