8 June 2016

The MODECLIX project is the latest leap forward for the fashion industry as the project has successfully developed products that are uniquely customisable and wearable. Shaun Borstrock, Associate Dean for Business and Innovation, is the architect behind the project, which has been created in collaboration with renowned 3D specialist and designer Mark Bloomfield (electrobloom).

Shaun Borstrock and Mark Bloomfield continue to develop relationships with global industry partners to further their research with Modeclix, the worlds first customisable 3D printed textile

The project is a fully customisable 3D printed component used in the construction of, in the first instance, garments addressing the emerging demand for bespoke, fully customisable products. The innovative solution proposed combines both traditional construction techniques with advanced technologies to test and demonstrate the technical feasibility of the product and its commercial applications. Prototyping is still underway and has proven to be successful. Further research and development is continuing with the aims of producing additional customisable components to enhance the functionality and assembly options. Additional research into dyeing, the incorporation of non-printed components and assembly relating to the creation of patterns has proved successful to further distinguish the visual representation of each item. Working with Covestro, a subsidiary of Bayer we started to develop new polymers to be used to manufacture Modeclix. These were show at the worlds largest plastic and rubber fair, K-Fair in Düsseldorf as part of Covestro's fashion exhibit. We have also collaborated with Ben Eine, the prolific street artist to develop his iconic letters into Modeclix products. The Mayor of London invited the Modeclix team to be part of 5 designers to show the work at the opening celebration of London Technology Week.

Modeclix have been invited to show on the catwalk at the ‘3D Fashion presented by LEXUS’ fashion show in Germany in July 2017.

There are currently no other products in the market that address the construction of garments using 3D printed technology in this way. Modeclix is a simple system which enables the construction of an array of garments according to the needs of the wearer and their body shape.

The intention is to continue to work with industry partners to develop other components that can be applied to Modeclix, including protective and supportive applications for the military, impregnating with medicinal compounds for targeted delivery to patients and producing customisable toys to encourage children to play, create and build.