30 May 2017

Modeclix, the 3D printing project led by academics at the University of Hertfordshire, has been selected for the finals of the 3D Pioneers Challenge (3DPC) 2017.

3DPC is aimed at designers who are breaking new ground in the field of 3D printing and who understand the key trends in the industry. It aims to uncover specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and pushing boundaries.

The Modeclix project, led by Dr Shaun Borstrock and Professor Mark Bloomfield from the School of Creative Arts at the University, has been announced as a finalist for the competition.

A revolutionary project

The Modeclix project is a revolutionary new prototype collection of wearable 3D printed garments and products. It is the latest leap forward for the fashion industry as the project has successfully developed products that are uniquely customisable.

One of the biggest challenges with 3D Printing technology has been how to make it wearable – the project addresses this by ‘printing’ textiles that are flexible with movement and mimic traditional cloth.

The complex design process involved in making these revolutionary products represents a huge breakthrough for garment technology and 3D printing. The project focuses on an interpretation of weave, stitch and knit. The initial prototypes are 3D printed as pieces of textile that have enough movement to ensure that they are fluid and represent a ‘fabric’ that can be used to make a garment or product. They can be customised to any size and shape by adjusting the intricate links to fit by hand. They can also be dyed in an endless spectrum of thousands of colours.

International recognition

Entrants will now be assessed at a final jury-meeting and the winner will be announced at the award ceremony in Erfurt, Germany on 20 June. The winners will receive a range of prizes, including up to 15,000 Euros.

Dr Shaun Borstrock said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these awards. International recognition is incredibly important as is the opportunity to showcase our work amongst other seeking to push the boundaries of what 3D printing can do.”

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