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Designer makes world’s first flexible 3D drawn and 3D printed menswear outfit

Fashion Designer Mats Beckman, a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, have created the first compostable fully fashion outfit in the world with a bioplastic material and new innovative 3D printing techniques. For his work, so far he received KADK’s UN Sustainable Development Award.

The outfits consist of a short-sleeved shirt, shorts and associated accessories such as bags, neck- and leg decorations. The base component in the material is non-GMO corn starch. This unique elastomeric bioplastic is made from compostable raw materials that have passed the U.S. (ASTM D6400) and E.U. (EN 13432) standards for compostability.

The material is heat resistant, cold resistant and features a total absence of negative effects on the composting process. The composting process only occurs when 4 criteria take place concurrently: the presence of moisture, microbes, oxygen and heat. When any one of these criteria is not met, the material remains stable.

The material was first processed by using a 3D pen. Mats Beckman created a pattern, where the filament itself becomes thinner, and thus more flexible, more breathable through the complexity of the geometric pattern.

It is thus easier to heat-press, in order to make it paper-thin. From there, Beckman was able to melt the various parts together into one outfit, where all parts and all fusions consist exclusively of flexible compostable bioplastic.

The designer said, “I have used a flexible compostable filament, which is absolutely fantastic, but one of the drawbacks is that it is not breathable, and for that reason I have prioritized creating a design that is airy, lightweight and comfortable on the body.”

Bags and accessories have also been created through this process, while a 3D printer was used to print buttons, closures and other details. Over the years we have seen several innovative uses of home or desktop 3D printing for the fashion industry, however, this project probably goes even further – adding a touch handcraft with the use of the 3D pen while still leveraging interesting materials and 3D printing (not to mention that this is the first time 3D printing is used for menswear fashion), thus opening the door to more applications in the future.

Mats Beckman has plan to continue with this 3D method and, at the same time, exploring similar techniques in collaboration with new sustainable materials as there are lot of opportunities with 3D printing within the fashion industry, so this is just the beginning.


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