3D printing slips into fashion design

3D printed fashion not only allows designers to digitally customize creations, but lets customers choose preferences through computer-aided design (CAD) files.
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3D printing, or "additive manufacturing," technology is most widely used for manufacturing prototypes quickly and inexpensively. Over the past several years, however, it has moved into architecture and automobile design, dental and medical applications -- even human tissue. One fast-growing marketplace is 3D printed fashion, including garments, footwear, jewelry and eye wear.

For example, Victoria Secret models boasted 3D-printed angel wings, South African fashion designer Michaella Janse van Vuuren just announced a collection of multi-material 3D printed designs, and Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen released several 3D collections at Paris' famed Fashion Week.

San Francisco-based startup Continuum lets anyone design their own clothing online, and then it prints them out.

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