How Resin 3D Printing can be used in Fashion

Written by Chanda Lalwani

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Posted on February 05 2021

Futuristic designs require innovative ideas.

As 3D printing continues to become more versatile, even the fashion industry has turned to it. A wide selection of fashion accessories including bracelets, rings, brooches, even necklaces, and pendants can now easily be printed with the magic of resin 3D printing.

Let’s take a deep dive into the world of 3D printed fashion: 


Customizable Designs

One unique aspect about resin 3D printing is that designers now have the chance to create custom designs with shapes and sizes that would otherwise not be possible in a traditional setup.

As resin 3D printing allows designers to produce items in small batches, designers no longer have to be confined to traditional norms. Fashion designers can now create bold, one-of-a-kind designs that would otherwise not be produced in large batches. This would significantly reduce the budget in the fashion business and allow for more creativity and innovation.

Clients can also request custom-made design pieces for a far more affordable price than previously possible. 


Accessories

An assortment of fashion accessories can easily be printed with the help of a resin 3D printer. Want a 3D printed ring? Resin 3D printing can accomplish that and much more. Let’s take a look at what else 3D printing can produce:


Brooches

Brooches are intricately designed pieces of jewelry that can be showcased on what you choose to wear. Resin 3D printing can be used to produce a custom-made brooch that represents you.


Custom-Made Rings

Courtesy of Ming Cheng Hsiao (蕭銘成)

3D printing can be used to produce a prototype of a ring before the actual ring is produced. Jewelry designers can then make any adjustments or changes, if needed. This ensures that the ring has a perfect fit and is appropriately scaled; saving both time and money, and significantly reducing the chance of errors in the final product.

Taiwanese jewelry designer Ming Cheng Hsiao (蕭銘成) created the artistic rings pictured above. Hsiao explained in an interview that he was inspired by the brush strokes in Van Gogh’s paintings to create rings with twisted strokes, combining the design with a white dragon. While creating his rings, Hsiao uses Phrozen’s Aqua-Gray 4K resin or Phrozen's Clear Resin to bring his unique ideas to life. For this particular ring, Hsiao used Phrozen's Sonic Mini 4K. Click here to learn more about which Phrozen resins are best for jewelry 3D printing.

We recommend using Sonic Mini 4K and Phrozen’s Castable resin for best results. 


Bracelets

Likewise, intricately designed bracelets can also be created with resin 3D printers. You can easily design one-of-a-kind bracelets for loved ones.

Resin 3D printing provides one with the ability to express their individuality, and produce items in bulk if needed.

3D printing allows you to think out of the box. Prototypes can be created and polished before the actual product is created to ensure that it is flawless.


Shoes, dresses, and other fashion items can also be printed using this very same technique; allowing you to perfect your designs before producing it in large quantities.

Shoes with geometric designs or complex designs may one day turn mainstream, thanks to 3D printing.

While futuristic-looking dresses with 3D printed mesh and uniquely designed silhouettes can now easily be created by resin 3D printing.


Benefits of Resin 3D Printing in Fashion


Sustainable

Resin 3D printing is a sustainable alternative to traditional methods typically used in the fashion industry. Leftover resin can be stored and used for your next print. This way, no excess material will be wasted.

Did you know that roughly ⅓ of all fabric created in the fashion industry are thrown away after the clothing patterns have been cut?

The fashion industry also contributes to water and air pollution. Large amounts of water is needed while dyeing fabrics; unethical practices may result in leftover dye being dumping into rivers, effectively killing sea life and even changing the color of the water.

As large quantities of fabrics are continually produced for the fashion industry, pollutants are released into the air, resulting in contaminated air in the long run.

With 3D printing, you get to bypass all of that and print out your designs — without feeling guilty about hurting the environment.


Time-Saving

As 3D printed fashion can be created within 24 hours, fashion accessories can now make its way from the supply chain onto the market in record time, effectively reducing the lead time.

Printing with resins also allows designers to create brand-new items with speed and efficiency, bringing new styles onto shelves in no time.

Designers can now print out large quantities of accessories in one go, saving both time and money.


Affordable

With the growth of 3D printing, resin 3D printers such as Phrozen’s LCD 3D printers are proving to be a much more affordable alternative on the market. Rings and other fashion accessories can now be produced with extreme efficiency.

To learn more about which Phrozen 3D printers are best for jewelry 3D printing, please click here

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