Stratasys targets fashion sustainability with new Direct-to-Garment 3D printing technology

3D printer producer Stratasys has introduced the launch of the brand new Direct-to-Garment (D2G) characteristic for its J850 TechStyle vogue 3D printer.

This new providing provides to the corporate’s vary of 3DFashion direct-to-textile expertise, and permits clothes producers to 3D print multi-material designs instantly onto current clothes akin to denims and jackets. 

Suitable with denim, cotton, polyester, and linen materials, D2G permits vogue manufacturers to personalize particular person clothes merchandise to satisfy buyer preferences and types. In line with Stratasys, this new providing permits designers to attenuate materials waste by changing current clothes gadgets into new, bespoke vogue merchandise. 

“Many manufacturers are restricted in how a lot they’ll mass produce denim clothes whereas sustaining a degree of personalization that has which means to the wearer,” defined Stratasys’ Senior Vice President Business Options, Zehavit Reisin. 

“We’re giving manufacturers the chance to do one thing outstanding, to deliver extra character to their clothes line, whereas pushing a extra sustainable enterprise apply that appeals to a number of audiences throughout the patron spectrum.”

The corporate has partnered with main designers Karim Rashid, Travis Fitch, and Zlatko Yanakiev to showcase D2G expertise via the City Tattoo denim assortment.  

This showcase seeks to focus on how Stratasys 3D printing can be utilized to upcycle and revitalize outdated denim clothes for a extra sustainable vogue provide chain. The City Tattoo assortment will probably be unveiled on April 23 on the Texprocess exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany.     

Stratasys Direct-to-Garment 3D printing process. Image via Stratasys.Stratasys Direct-to-Garment 3D printing process. Image via Stratasys.
Stratasys Direct-to-Garment 3D printing course of. Picture through Stratasys.

3D printing sustainable vogue  

Launched in 2022, Stratasys’ J850 TechStyle is optimized for the customization of high-end clothes, baggage, equipment, and footwear. Boasting a construct quantity of 460 x 360 x 50mm (on materials as much as 2m²), the style 3D printer can be utilized with a complete vary of Stratasys resins. 

These supplies embody the corporate’s Agilus30 for full-color versatile designs and Vero resin. The latter permits the manufacturing of clear designs that characteristic a mushy, silk-like really feel. Moreover, Stratasys VeroVivid resin can be utilized to realize over 600,000 distinctive shade gradients and a variety of hardness ranges.     

Stratasys’ latest addition to its 3DFashion portfolio comes within the type of D2G tray kits, which can be found in two sizes. This expertise permits customers to calibrate their J850 3D printer to satisfy a variety of garment sizes, and 3D print full-color designs instantly onto current gadgets of clothes. 

D2G seeks to extend the sustainability of the style business, permitting clothes producers to avoid wasting materials by upcycling outdated clothes with distinctive 3D printed designs.

This aligns with Stratasys’ purpose of attaining Aware Manufacturing by selling extra sustainable and environmentally pleasant practices. The corporate factors to a current research by the Additive Producer Inexperienced Commerce Affiliation (AMGTA) as highlighting the environmental advantages of its vogue 3D printing expertise. 

In line with the report, the Stratasys J850 TechStyle enabled a 24.8% discount in CO2e emissions and a 48% discount in inventory materials when producing a 3D emblem for luxurious footwear. What’s extra, additive manufacturing requires 64% much less electrical energy than the standard injection molding and thermal bonding manufacturing course of. 

Fashion design 3D printed onto jeans Stratasys' Direct-to-Garment technology. Photo via StratasysFashion design 3D printed onto jeans Stratasys' Direct-to-Garment technology. Photo via Stratasys
Style design 3D printed onto denims Stratasys’ Direct-to-Garment expertise. Photograph through Stratasys

The style business adopts 3D printing 

The style sector is witnessing growing adoption of 3D printing, with luxurious designers recognizing its advantages for the manufacturing of bespoke vogue equipment.

Earlier this yr, Israeli 3D printer producer XJet collaborated with high-end vogue agency  XOLUTIONS to deal with rising demand for chrome steel vogue equipment with 3D printing. 

This partnership has seen XOLUTIONS purchase an XJet Carmel 1400M metallic 3D printer. The system is getting used to broaden analysis and growth into using metallic 3D printing within the luxurious sector, together with for the manufacturing of knickknack. Using XJet’s NanoParticle Jetting expertise, the Carmel 1400M gives the excessive decision and floor smoothness that’s important for high-end vogue merchandise. 

Elsewhere, 3D printing firm Chromatic 3D Supplies and Dutch dressmaker Anouk Wipprecht partnered to create a 3D printed costume that includes responsive LED lights. The garment, which was displayed at Formnext 2023, represented an early instance of electronics being built-in instantly into 3D printed elastomers.     

The costume was 3D printed from Chromatic’s ChromaFlow 70 warmth resistance materials, which may stretch greater than 4 occasions its size with out breaking. This flexibility makes it effectively suited to the style business, and the manufacturing of clothes starting from swimwear to leisure attire.    

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Featured picture exhibits Stratasys’ Direct-to-Garment (D2G) 3D printing course of. Picture through Stratasys.

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