Nervous System to launch 3D printed Kinetic Petal Dress

The Massachusetts based design studio, Nervous System that has previously vowed us with amazing 3D printed fashions has now explored a new Kinematics 3Dprinted dress. The dress will be launched and exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston from 6th July to 10th July, 2016.

With a new dimension to the design studio’s previous works, this particular dress was inspired by natural elements such as petals, feathers and scales. The pervious works includes Kinematic 3D dress, a beautiful 3D printed ring, and the 3D printed Hyphae lamp, etc.

3D printed Kinetic Petal Dress

Nervous System’s Kinematic textile technology is used by this dress. Garments are 3D printed from a flexible material in a single folded piece through this process. “New textile language” is developed by designers in which the interconnected elements of the dress are made. These elements are made up of small over-lapping shell like structures. As described on their website, “Petals protrude from the underlying framework of tessellated triangular panels, sheathing the body in a directional landscape of overlapping plumes. Each interlocking component of the dress is rigid, but, in aggregate, they behave as a continuous textile.”

In July 2015, Nervous System started working on their eighth kinematic dress, and utilized their n-house 2 3D printer to prototype the new design’s structural elements. “We want to extend Kinematics to allow for more variable creations,” explains the design studio. “Our initial idea was to create shell structures that would extend over each triangular piece that makes up a kinematics garment.”

3D printed Kinetic Petal Dress

With the help of 3D scanning technologies the wearer’s perfect figure is digitally captured. Like other printed garments this dress is made in a way that perfectly fits the wearer. Its digital model can be easily customized, by changing its length, shape and also the direction of thw flow through the Nervous System’s App. The App also allows the users to change the direction of the shell structures, with aid of motion of the mouse over the dress. This 3D printed dress was printed with white nylon plastic material and was created by 3D printing service Shape ways using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). The Bright red color of the dress was achieved by giving the white nylon print a bath in red dye. As it has the property of taking on color easily as a synthetic material.

3D printed Kinetic Petal Dress

For their prior designs Nervous System used to create Kinetic dressed with help of a single 3D print, where the dress design is digitally folded and compressed to the size that a 3D printer can accommodate. The met with some issues with for their new Kinetic petal dress, as the petal structure could not fold in more than one direction. The dress is compiled of 1,600 pieces interconnected by 2,600 hinges, is delivered from the printer full assembled and ready to wear. Nervous system further explains, “The overlapping nature of the shells makes it possible to have hidden snap-together connections. This allows for the creation of reconfigurable garments. In the case of our dress, we create a 3-in-1: your dress can be a top, a skirt or a dress.”

3D printed Kinetic Petal Dress

Nervous System 3D printed jewelry collection, Kinematic petals will also be sold accompanied with the new Kinematic dress that will be featured at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts that starts on 6th march. The jewelery collection comprises of necklaces, earrings and bracelets that are inspired by the dresses petal like structure. These jewelries are also available on Nervous Systems own online store.

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