It’s not something that is new in the market, 3D printing has been rapidly picking up in
the fashion industry. It is useful during the creative process, for prototyping or even for
production. 3D printing in fashion is more commonly known as additive manufacturing.
It has the potential to move us away from the era of mass production and bring us to a
new reality of customisable, one-off production. 3D printing or additive manufacturing is
the broader term for tool-less manufacturing methods which enables manufacturing of
components from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to conventional
manufacturing methodologies. The use of 3D printing is endless, it can create anything
from instruments and toys to robots and mechanical parts.
3D printing or rapid prototyping has been used to create models for decades by
architects and scientists. It is being used to create 3D printed building models, this
revolutionary technology is also used to make bionic limbs, organs, hearing aids, blood
vessels, casts etc. As its application is not limited to certain industry, fashion is no
In recent times designers have started experimenting which enables them to create new
& unique art and fashion. Now a designer can produce designs that are complicated,
even impossible, to manufacture and this inevitably fuels their innovation and creativity.
This process is not only simpler to materialise but also in case, if a designer makes a
mistake or fails with 3D printing design, they can easily start again.
Here in India ‘Trikolaa Tech’ has collaborated with fashion designer ‘Ayushi Kothari’
for her collection named ‘PURE’ for the JD Annual Design Awards 2018 Bangalore, India.
After winning an award for her collection, she was invited to showcase her collection in
IGFS International Fashion Spectacle 2018, Sri-Lanka. Her project has dresses which
uses various styled 3D printed panels which were later stitched onto the fabric, giving it
a unique look. Trikolaa has also designed a ‘Glow in the Dark’ 3D printed dress panel
for another fashion designer ‘Pranali Shah’ which was a major success in the industry.
Giving us the boost to research more in fashion.
To talk about recent success of 3D printing in the fashion industry, which have got
considerably media coverage, have been the work showcased by Francis Bitonti &
Michael Schmidt and Iris van Herpen at Paris Fashion Week.
Architect Francis Bitonti and fashion designer Michael Schmidt collaborated to make
a dress for burlesque diva Dita Von Teese. She wore the garment to the Ace Hotel in
March for a convention hosted by online 3D printing marketplace, Shapeways. The dress
consisted of 2,500 intersecting joint pieces that were linked together by hand. The
finishing touches included a black lacquer coating and 12,000 hand-placed Swarovski
crystals reflecting Schmidt's iconic glam that attracts a clientele including Madonna,
Rihanna and Lady Gaga.
Similarly, Dutch designer Iris van Herpen unveiled 3D printing collaborations on the
catwalks of Paris Fashion Week with a leading manufacturer of 3D printers for
prototyping and manufacturing and a pioneer in additive manufacturing solutions
British designer Catherine Wales is making moves, too. She is best known for her Project
DNA collection, which includes avant-garde 3D printed masks, accessories and apparel,
all printed with white nylon. The eccentric shapes of her garments reflect that 3D printed
clothing is still in its early stages. Today, the materials and technologies used for 3D
printing still dictate and affect garment design. But the technologies that fuel 3D printing
continue to grow, and its limitations continue to diminish.
How rapid prototyping helps you design
and develop products quickly!
May 15th, 2019
Product design failure in the development stage is a huge loss for the organization in
terms of man-hours and the money invested in the development process. A tangible
prototype of the product makes the complex product design looks simple. It helps
product designer and engineers in visualizing and analyzing the actual part of the
product before the development stage. This drastically reduces the chances of product
failure to a great extent.
It helps you to develop every component of the complicated product in stages and
compare every part of it with the prototype prepared. Any deviation from the prototype
can give you a clear indication of the design failure of the part and it helps the
development team to rectify the error immediately.
Why Rapid Prototyping ?
Clear understanding and visualization of the Design It acts like a POC for the client and it’s easier to understand the design rather than struggling to visualize by looking the design on the screen or paper. It helps the designer to contemplate the look and feel of the design rather than having a virtual design through CAD model.
Quick changes or modification Having a visible and tangible model provides manufacturers to analyze the
actual design and suggest correction or modifications quickly which can be
incorporated to make the product design perfect before advancing to the
Cost Effective and time consumption for Designing Rapid prototyping creates a model very similar to what an actual product
can look like. This eliminates a need for preparing molds and use of other
software to create a model. The existing CAD software and printing
equipment are sufficient to create a rapid prototype which gives you a feel
of an actual model. This not only result in saving of time and cost invested
in creating the actual models but also results in overall reduction of your
time to market.
Product Customizations Rapid prototyping empowers you in developing the customized products
with ease. A small modification in CAD model is sufficient to create a
modification in the existing design without the need for any special tool or
Higher Accuracy level in designing The material used for the prototyping has similar properties of the actual
product. This makes it easier to perform the physical tests and identify the
flaws and errors prior to the actual manufacturing process. This helps
manufacturers to avoid the risk of halting the manufacturing process at a
Nowadays, manufacturers are more inclined towards rapid prototyping while
initiating their new product development and manufacturing process. These
revolutionary techniques are making things easier for product development
companies, and product manufacturers in developing innovative products cost-
If you are struggling to hold the market share due to continuous innovative
products being pumped by the competitors, there is a time to look into your
product design and development process. Probably you require an expert who
can boost your product development team to enable them to develop products
at a faster pace.
At Trikolaa Tech, we carry out a systematic study of your concept and existing
product line to redesign of systems and components successfully. We can
partner with you to innovate, design and develop products rapidly to gain the
first mover advantage.
Trikolaa offers custom engineering design solutions and services to our clients
leveraging a team of experienced engineers and designers. Our diverse services
span all aspects of engineering from legacy conversions, to designing and
detailing. Trikolaa has domain expertise in many industry verticals including
consumer products, industrial machinery, consumer equipment, packaging and
3D printed molds help to insulate NASA's
supersize Space Launch System
May 20th, 2019
To keep rockets from getting too hot during the extreme temperatures of launch,
insulation is essential — but it's not always easy to fit it into a spacecraft's cramped
machinery. Thanks to 3D printing, engineers working on NASA's Space Launch System
are creating custom molds that make insulating foam a perfect fit.
America’s powerful new deep space rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System, must be able
to suffer extreme conditions and temperatures when it launches NASA’s Orion spacecraft
and potential cargo to lunar orbit. Technicians and engineers have qualified 3D printing
to aid in the application of the thermal protection system to the smaller, more intricate
parts of the rocket. Spray-on foam or traditional insulation is applied to both large and
small components of SLS; it protects the rocket from heat during launch and keeps the
propellant within the large tanks cold.
However, small hardware or cramped areas like the internal ducts of the engine section
require technicians to either manually spray the foam on or apply a foam casting using,
in some cases, a 3D printed mold.
During the process, the foam, which is mixed and poured into the mold, expands to
perfectly fit the part. This decreases overall processing time by reducing the need for
complex and tedious post-process trimming. NASA and Boeing engineers performed extensive development and qualification pour
foam testing early in the program. Using this data, the team developed a refined process
that reduced the amount of time required to certify individual 3D printed molds and
allowed the team to spend more time focusing on the critical requirements that must be
met for each flight foam application. This streamlined the process, from 3D printing to
pour application, and allowed for quicker processing times.Trikolaa Tech helps in same
way the mold in India as they are leading Mold Manufacturing companies in india with
the help of 3D Printing Technology so we can provide 3D Printing Services in India itself.
Qatar Airways to install largest 3D printed passenger aircraft part by FDM
May 26th, 2019
The cabin and avionics specialist Diehl Aviation announced that it has delivered the
largest, fully 3D-printed part for passenger aircraft to date. The part in question is a
Curtain Comfort Header – a complex enclosure for the curtain rail for installation on a
Qatar Airways Airbus A350 XWB. The module, made using the fused deposition modeling
(FDM) technique, measures 1,140 x 720 x 240mm.
Qatar Airways will be the first airline to use the 3D-printed Curtain Comfort Header on
board. The project took 12 months from initial concept to EASA certification and delivery.
3D printing helps Diehl Aviation solve several problems. One complete Curtain Comfort
Header is comprised of up to 12 component parts. These modules were usually formed
from numerous layers of laminated fiberglass, each of which required its own individual,
complex aluminum tool. Incorporating further functions into the module, such as the
integration of cable channels, emergency escape route signage, or specialized retaining
clips presented further complexity. However, when produced using 3D printing, all the
component parts can be produced by a 3D printer and glued together when complete.
Given these many advantages, Diehl Aviation will now only produce Curtain Comfort
Headers for the A350 XWB using 3D printing method. Furthermore the parts themselves
require less reworks and can easily be removed for repairs or replacement, contributing
to even shorter waiting times during repair works. Also, the modules can easily been
customized for retrofit solutions. Meanwhile passengers benefit from the precision-made
parts that lead to dampen noise and allow better integration in the cabin.3D Printing in
Mumbai can be done by Trikolaa Tech and 3D Printing services in Mumbai in FDM
Technology used by Boeing can be done by Trikolaa Tech and lot of innovative and new
development can be taken care for the same.
Diehl Aviation is a division of Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG and combines all aviation activities
of Diehl Group under one roof. The company is a leading system supplier of aircraft
system and cabin solutions and currently has around 6,000 employees. Its clients
include Airbus (both airplanes and helicopters), Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, as
well as airlines and operators of commercial and business aircraft.
Diehl Aviation will be exhibiting the Curtain Comfort Header at its booth 7D20 at this
year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.
3D printed Black Panther cape and crown win Oscar for Best Costume Design
June 4th, 2019
The 2019 Oscars ceremony took place on 24 February 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in
Hollywood, Los Angeles. American costume designer Ruth E. Carter took home the
award for best costume design for her work for Black Panther, one of 2018’s highest-
In order to bring life inspired by African patterns presented in the initial design sketches,
Ruth E. Carter approached Julia Koerner to help 3D print a mantel and crown for
the main character Queen Ramonda.
“Based on the initial costume design sketches by Ruth Carter, I developed a series of
African-inspired 3D patterns and designed the Zulu Hat and the Shoulder Mantle so that
it had corresponding elements in the pattern,” Koerner told Trikolaa. “It was important
that the fashion pieces did not look hand-crafted and incorporated the technological look
of something generated parametrically by algorithms by a computer. Therefore, we used
visual programming software to develop the geometries for the pieces and experimented
with the material intricacy and behavior. Together we developed the most cutting-edge,
digitally designed wearables that we could imagine.Trikolaa Tech works on new
technology and have implemented 3D Printing in Fashion in India and lot of innovation
got praised and thus in Mumbai we are here to create more such innovations in 3D
Printing and in Fashion Industry.
In actually fabricating the costume props, Koerner worked with Belgian company
Materialise. "The technology we used was laser sintering, a powder-based 3D printing
technology that enables the highest level of freedom of design as no supports are
needed," Koerner explained. "The costume props were made from PA 12, a polyamide
material that provided us with a high level of accuracy, flexibility, and strength. The
material is also well suited for skin contact, making it ideal for fashion and costume
Carter also asked Koerner to design a statement piece paying homage to the Black
Panther that she could wear to the 21st Costume Designers Guild Awards and the Vanity
Fair Oscars Party. The neck accessory was inspired by African designs and patterns,
together with gala dresses by Balenciaga from the 1950s and the oeuvre of Malian photographer Seydou Keïta. The design itself was entirely customized for Ruth E. Carter,
starting with a 3D scan of her head and shoulders. The design was then 3D printed by
Materialise in PA 12 using SLS technology and afterwards Koerner hand-embellished the
ornament with Swarovski crystals to make it sparkle in certain orientations.
“The crystals intensify, even more, the detail of the piece. This was also the first time
that this process of trickling crystals was performed on a 3D-printed piece: it’s a great
combination of digital and traditional craftsmanship,” explained harsh Juthani.
Human heart that
combines human tissue taken from a patient, using a 3D printer.
June 1th, 2019
For the first time ever Israeli scientists have created a vascularized human heart that
combines human tissue taken from a patient, using a 3D printer.
On Monday, a team of Tel Aviv University researchers revealed the 3D printed heart that
completely matches the immunological, cellular, biochemical and anatomical properties
of a human patient. Until now, scientists have been successful in printing only simple
tissues without blood vessels.
“This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an
entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers,” said Prof. Tal
Dvir of TAU’s School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Trikolaa Tech who led
the research for the study. He was assisted by Nadav Noor, Dr. Assaf Shapira, Reuven
Edri, Idan Gal and Lior Wertheim.
The process involved taking a biopsy of fatty tissue from patients, after which the
cellular and a-cellular materials were then separated. While the cells were
reprogrammed to become pluripotent stem cells and efficiently differentiated to cardiac
or endothelial cells, the extracellular matrix (ECM), a three-dimensional network of
extracellular macromolecules, such as collagen and glycoproteins, were processed into a
personalized hydrogel that served as the printing “ink.”
The differentiated cells were then mixed with the bio-inks and were used to 3D-print
patient-specific, immune-compatible cardiac patches with blood vessels and,
subsequently, an entire heart. The 3D printing process takes around 3-4 hours.
In India 3D printing medical is lacking with research but Trikolaa Tech is trying best to
bring 3D Printing in Medical industry in India with Trikolaa Tech R&D Department.
“This heart is made from human cells and patient-specific biological materials. In our
process, these materials serve as the bio-inks, substances made of sugars and proteins
that can be used for 3D printing of complex tissue models,” Dvir said. “People have
managed to 3D-print the structure of a heart in the past, but not with cells or with blood
vessels. Our results demonstrate the potential of our approach for engineering
personalized tissue and organ replacement in the future.”
At this stage, the 3D printed heart produced at TAU is sized for a rabbit. It will need to
undergo a maturing process in bioreactors to keep the cells alive and grow them to
accommodate a life-sized heart.
The next step, they said, is to teach the hearts to organize and interact with each other
and achieve pumping ability. The maturing process will take about a month, after which
they will transplant them into animals such as rabbits and rats for testing. They hope
this will happen in one or two years. The hope is that within “10 years, there will be
organ printers in the finest hospitals around the world, and these procedures will be
conducted routinely,” Dvir said.
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