“The exciting thing about this for me, is what 3D printing is going to do in every industry,” says Bitonti. “In fashion terms, it would be, you’re bringing your couture logic to something that could potentially be ready to wear.”
When Von Teese wears the dress, it conforms to her body, moving and flowing with her, kind of like a Chinese finger trap, says Bitonti. “The entire dress was designed on an iPad, refined over Skype, rendered digitally by Francis and sent to Shapeways for printing, an entirely virtual endeavor,” says Schmidt.
Yet another innovation is happening in the construction industry though the use of large scale 3D printing. Minnesota-based Andrey Rudenko created a 3D-printed castle in his garden. Rudenko just finished his project after two years of tinkering with the idea of 3D printing homes, and while the castle is only a scale model, it was successfully printed out of a hardy cement material. For his next project, he plans to get started on a liveable two-story house.
“A new era of architecture is inevitable, and I’m excited to see where the next few years will lead in terms of construction and design,” Rudenko says on his website. “I have previously been sure I could print homes, but having finished the castle, I now have proof that the technology is ready.”
Rudenko built the printer himself based on RepRap designs. RepRap takes the form of a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic, RepRap is able to print it own parts. RepRap is among the first self-replicating machines being able to make additional kits of itself — a kit that anyone can assemble given time and materials.