Loom 3D Printed Adaptable Dress by Maria Alejandra Mora Sanchez

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Loom

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
3D Printed Adaptable Dress

INSPIRATION:
The Wayuu tribe is an indigenous community of the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela. They are well known for textiles, crafts, and patterns that are inspired by nature and the tribe's surrounding environment.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Loom is an expandable, adaptable, wearable and flexible 3D printed dress that adapts to all body types and body changes. Since we aren’t able to 3D print fabrics yet, Loom explores the possibilities of creating wearable 3D printed textiles with structures that are designed in relation to function, anatomy, movement, and utility. 3D printing in the fashion industry can be revolutionary and helpful if it is designed with functionality and the human body in mind.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Loom is an expandable, adaptable, wearable and flexible 3D printed dress. It combines textiles and additive manufacturing by applying materials and auxetic structures that consider function and the human body.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
2 months - Houston, Texas, USA

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The collection explores ready-to-wear auxetic patterns which expand under longitudinal strain and contract when compressed. This behavior combined with 3D printed Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) provides the swatches with various beneficial effects, unseen within the current swatches in the market. Their added value lies in material application, form, function, and the geometric arrangements of the patterns.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Height: 100mm Width: 50mm Depth: 5mm

TAGS:
3d printed dress loom expandable adaptable industrial design body

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
With the current developments we are experiencing in this technology there are a large number of opportunities to create amazing new products and materials. Since we are currently unable to 3D print fabrics, Maria decided to team up with Cosine Additive and focus her thesis on designing flexible, adaptable, fashionable patterns. The intent was to explore the possibilities of creating wearable ‘textiles’ with functional structures designed with anatomy, movement, and utility in mind. Within the fashion industry, additive manufacturing primarily focuses on accessories and conceptual sculptural pieces. However, these are not functional garments that adapt comfortably to the body and human movement. Maria believes that 3D printing is the future of fashion and through this exploratory project, she hopes that she may contribute to its development. Inspiration: The Wayuu tribe is an indigenous community of the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela. They are well known for textiles, crafts, and patterns that are inspired by nature and the tribe's surrounding environment. Exploration: Maria decided to wear a maternity belly for two weeks to understand changes in pregnancy since women experience rapid and drastic body changes in a short amount of time. The purpose was to understand how regular clothing adapts to body changes and body types under these circumstances. During these two weeks she discovered that: 1. Maternity clothing isn't so comfortable or adaptable. 2. Clothing items are expensive. 3. Most women choose to adapt their old clothes instead of buying new ones. 4. Not only do clothing items not last throughout pregnancy, but they also cannot be worn after giving birth. 5. Mechanical components are uncomfortable to wear, especially while pregnant. She discovered a solution to this problem was auxetic patterns. The collection explores ready-to-wear auxetic patterns which expand under longitudinal strain and contract laterally when compressed. This behavior provides the swatches with various beneficial effects, unseen within the current swatches in the market. Their added value lies in form, function, and the geometric arrangements of the patterns.

CHALLENGE:
Material Testing, Traditional Textiles vs Technology.

ADDED DATE:
2019-02-28 18:54:56

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Maria Alejandra Mora Sanchez

IMAGE CREDITS:
Brian Vogel Photography
Model: Maria Mora Sanchez
Designer: Maria Mora Sanchez
Photography Editor: Maria Mora Sanchez

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
None

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.3ders.org/articles/20170806-this- flexible-expand
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
MARIALE LLC

PROFILE:
MARIALE LLC is a company founded by Maria Alejandra Mora Sanchez to explore future possibilities in the fashion tech industry. Loom was her senior design thesis for the Industrial Design Program in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture & Design at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. Loom was made in collaboration with Cosine Additive Manufacturing where she was an intern.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Loom 3d Printed Adaptable Dress by Maria Alejandra Mora Sanchez is a Nominee in 3D Printed Forms and Products Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Loom 3d Printed Adaptable Dress by Maria Alejandra Mora Sanchez is Winner in 3D Printed Forms and Products Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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