Voxel8, a Boston-based multi-material digital manufacturing company, and Eddy Ricami, a leading Italian manufacturer to the fashion industry, announced an exclusive agreement wherein Eddy Ricami will produce and sell high-fashion accessories using Voxel8 ActiveLab® Digital Manufacturing System.
Voxel8 ActiveLab® Digital Manufacturing System
ActiveLab® is a multi-material digital manufacturing system for product development, wear testing, and limited production runs of high performance athletic footwear uppers and sporting goods. It allows manufacturers to offer unique design embellishments to customers with shorter design cycle and manufacturing lead times.
Voxel8’s ActiveLab® Digital Fabrication System offers a complete turnkey solution, including hardware, software and materials, for printing functional features on textiles.
According to Percy Chinoy, Director of Business Development at Voxel8, “Our technology fundamentally transforms how fashion, footwear, apparel and accessories are developed and produced. It enables manufacturers to offer unique design embellishments to their customers with shorter design cycle times, reduced manufacturing lead times and inventory costs, and lowers costs associated with tooling, freight and tariffs.”
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Agreement on using ActiveLab® Multi-Material System
Under the agreement, Eddy Ricami will establish the ActiveLab® capabilities at their manufacturing facility in Montecosaro, Italy. By having the system in-house, they can respond rapidly to the demands of their high fashion customers – creating high-quality, custom-designed products while eliminating supply chain risks associated with overseas production. In the future, Eddy Ricami customers will be able to realize the potential of personalized designs at virtually no incremental cost.
Gianluca Bordoni, CEO and Owner of Eddy Ricami explained, “Through our purchase of the ActiveLab® system we look to bring new, customized design elements to our customers, leveraging the latest in additive manufacturing technology,. In our evaluation of 3D printing offerings, we found Voxel8’s technology was uniquely positioned for printing on textiles. This is an example of our continued commitment to implement innovative technical solutions to provide our customers with distinctive products.”
Friedrich von Gottberg, CEO of Voxel8 concluded, “Voxel8 technology has gained global commercial traction in athletic and leisure footwear, and we are delighted to expand our reach into the European high fashion market with a distinguished partner such as Eddy Ricami who have built a reputation for innovation and quality. We look forward to collaborating with our partner to bring the benefits of Voxel8 technology to the fashion industry.”
ABOUT VOXEL8: Founded in 2014 from Harvard University, Voxel8’s additive, multi-material, digital manufacturing technology leverages more than a decade of research, 25+ patents, and is revolutionizing how footwear, apparel and related products are designed and manufactured.
ABOUT EDDY RICAMI: Eddy Ricami has been serving the fashion industry for over 20 years by offering exclusive solutions based on its embroidery, digital printing and other manufacturing capabilities.
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