Stratasys Ltd., a leader in polymer 3D printing solutions, announced launch of industry’s first 3D printer designed specifically for direct-to-textile printing. The Stratasys J850 TechStyle 3D printer, the company’s newest PolyJet printer, is being introduced to meet the unique needs of design and fashion manufacturers, including 3D printing for high-end, premium textiles and clothing, bags and accessories, and footwear.
Stratasys is enabling designers and fashion brands to differentiate their manufacturing practices by leveraging the unique versatility and productivity of the Stratasys 3DFashion solution, which includes the J850 TechStyle 3D printer, workflow software, and materials tailored to the specific needs of fashion manufacturers. This solution allows fashion manufacturers to personalize and customize 3D-printed fabric pieces in a variety of ways, including limited editions and digital automation, all while reducing time-to-market.
Collaborations for development of J850 TechStyle 3D Printer
According to Lidewij Edelkoort, a world-renowned fashion specialist and trend forecaster expects an enthusiastic industry response and says, “There has long been interest in a 3D printer for fabric and garments, which has countless creative applications for fashion designers. From decorative craft to creative engineering comes this hybrid machine from Stratasys, as an answer to a million prayers, allowing the ascension of embellishment for an inclusive following.”
Stratasys has collaborated with a number of partners, including Dyloan and the D-house in Milan, to expand the reach of the J850 TechStyle 3D printer. D-house, a leading innovation center for evolving fashion technology, demonstrates the versatility of 3D printing applications from concept design to production using Stratasys 3DFashion technology.
“As far back as 2019, I predicted that in just a couple years we would see 3D printing incorporated into high-end fashion houses,” said Stratasys Art, Design and Fashion Director Naomi Kaempfer. “That time is here. We learned and modified those early designs, and created a new, dedicated printer using 3DFashion technology that is allowing fashion designers to create without limits. This is just the beginning of the journey as we continue to evolve this technology and pioneer new fashion design innovations.”
J850 TechStyle 3D Printer
The J850 TechStyle 3D printer is intended to print directly on a wide range of fabrics and garments, including denim, cotton, polyester, linen, and leather, in quantities ranging from single pieces to tens of thousands.
For the J850 TechStyle 3D printer, a variety of materials are available, including Agilus30™ CMY color materials for full-color, flexible printing and Vero™ ContactFlex, a transparent coating that can be used to create a soft touch, silky feel. The VeroVivid™ resin material from Stratasys allows fashion houses and designers to print on textiles in over 600,000 unique colors, with multiple shore values, simulating different textures and finishes.
“I gravitate toward new technologies that afford me an opportunity to create something original. With Stratasys 3D fashion printing technology, the possibilities are endless. Honestly, it provides a chance to experiment, and I feel like I have only scratched the surface of what is possible,” said– Karim Rashid, fashion designer and SSYS 2Y22 REFLECTION collection contributor
The upcoming SSYS 2Y22 collection is inspired by the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the innovation and influences that occurred during this time period in fashion and design. New works by seven top design teams will be included in the collection, which will include high-end dresses and suits, daywear, lighting, luxury packaging, handbags, accessories, and shoes. From June 6 to 12, 2022, the J850 TechStyle 3D printer and the SSYS 2Y22 collection will be on display at Milan Design Week.
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