3D printer manufacturer Stratasys has introduced the industry’s first 3D printer specifically designed to print directly onto textiles. The Stratasys J850 TechStyle 3D Printer is the company’s latest PolyJet printer and is designed to meet the unique needs of design and fashion makers. These include 3D printing for textile products, clothing, bags, accessories and footwear in the high-end high-end sector.
The unique versatility and productivity of Stratasys’ 3D fashion solution offers fashion designers and brands the ability to differentiate their manufacturing practices. This includes the J850 TechStyle 3D printer, workflow software, and materials that meet the unique needs of fashion makers. Fashion makers have unlimited possibilities with this solution. You can personalize and personalize 3D printed fabric pieces, even in limited editions and with digital automation. At the same time, they can shorten the time to market.
According to fashion expert and trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, fashion designers have long been interested in a 3D printer for fabrics and garments with endless creative uses. She expects the industry to be excited, saying, “Millions of decorative arts and crafts prayers have been answered: this hybrid device from Stratasys brings beautiful design possibilities to a wide audience.”
To further expand the reach of the J850 TechStyle 3D printer, Stratasys has teamed up with a number of partners, including Dyloan and Milan-based D-house. D-house is a leading innovative center of excellence for new fashion technologies, demonstrating the versatility of 3D printing applications, from design to production, with 3D fashion technology from Stratasys.
“I predicted in 2019 that major fashion houses would embrace 3D printing in just a few years,” said Naomi Kaempfer, director of art, design and fashion at Stratasys. “The time has come. We have learned. We have modified the first drafts and developed a special new printer with fashionable 3D technology, which offers designers unlimited creative possibilities. And the journey has only just begun. We will continue to develop technology and bring new innovations to fashion design.
The J850 TechStyle 3D printer is designed to print directly onto a wide range of fabrics and garments, including denim, cotton, polyester, canvas and leather. Quantities range from single pieces to tens of thousands of pieces.
“I am fascinated by new technologies which give me the opportunity to create something original. Stratasys’ on-trend 3D printing technology offers endless possibilities. Frankly, it’s good to experiment. And I think I only have a first taste of what is possible,” says Karim Rashid, fashion designer and contributor to the SSYS 2Y22 REFLEXION collection.
A variety of materials are available for the J850 TechStyle 3D printer, including Agilus30 CMY color materials for flexible full-color printing and Vero ContactFlex, a clear coating that can be used to give fabric a soft, silky feel. Stratasys’ VeroVivid material allows fashion houses and designers to print on textiles in over 600,000 unique colors across a wide range of Shore hardness levels, simulating a variety of textures and finishes.
The new SSYS 2Y22 collection reflects the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and how fashion and design have been renewed and influenced during this time. The collection features new work from seven world-class design teams, including high-end dresses and suits, daywear, lighting, luxury packaging, handbags, accessories and footwear. The J850 TechStyle 3D printer and the SSYS 2Y22 collection will be exhibited at Milan Design Week from June 6 to 12, 2022.