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This whole idea is based off of Additive Manufacturing (AM), technologies or 3D printers that build 3D objects by creating layers of material to create a product. These creations can be made in a variety of materials such as plastic, metal, and ceramic. Believe it or not, this method was first introduced in the 1980s and has been evolving ever since.
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What does this have to do with fashion you ask? Recently, companies like Shapeways are working with designers to actually 3D print accessories, jewelry, and even a fully-functioning dress! Designers Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg designed a wearable dress that was printed in one single folded piece that's made from panels connected via hinges. It was so groundbreaking that it has been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art for the permanent collection.
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