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3D printing seems to be the current tech trend. Everyday we see new objects coming to life through this new amazing technology. This time, Francis Bitonti Studio teamed up with Michael Schmidt Studios and Shapeways to create a fully articulated 3D printed gown designed specifically for the curvy body of burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese.
Designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti created a spiral design and a mesh structure that was able to give the dress movement and flexibility without tearing apart. The 17 pieces that make the dress were then printed by Shapeways using selective laser sintering (SLS), a technique that consists on building shapes through the hardening of nylon powder by laser. The dress was then assembled by hand in 3000 unique articulated joints that allow a perfect to fit to the body. Once finished, the piece was lacquered in black, embellished with over 12000 black Swarovski crystals and draped over a nude silk corset.
Presented at a Shapeways showcase a few months ago, the dress is now making its way into several museums. This fall, New York will see it at the Out of Hand exhibition of digital design at the Museum of Arts and Design.