This Futuristic 4D Printed Dress Flows Just Like a Real One


People, the future of fashion is here, and it looks like this beautiful 4D printed dress made of thousands of interlocking pieces.

The MoMA just acquired the dress and Kinematic, the software that created it, from Nervous System, a “generative design studio that works at the intersection of science, art, and technology.” Kinematics is a printing system that allows for designing forms in 3D and printing an entire single folded piece with no other assembly required—4D. Boom. Via Kinematics:

The custom-fit dress is an intricately patterned structure of 2,279 unique triangular panels interconnected by 3,316 hinges, all 3D printed as a single piece in nylon. While each component is rigid, in aggregate, they behave as a continuous fabric allowing the dress to flexibly conform and fluidly flow in response to body movement.

Nervous System has also used Kinematics to print some cool jewelry and offer an app through which users (who have access to a 3D printer) can create their own necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

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