The making of a Kinematics Dress on Dutch TV

depowdering a Kinematics dress at Shapeways

Dutch television host Rachel Rosier depowdering her 3D-printed Kinematics Dress at Shapeways (video stills and clips from npo.nl)

Ever wanted to get a closer look at what goes into making one of our 3D-printed Kinematics dresses? We recently had the opportunity to team up with our partners at Shapeways to create a new Kinematic Petals Dress for a Dutch television special called “Netherlands in 2050.” For the program, which takes a look at some of the innovations that may shape our lives over the next 3 decades, host Rachel Rosier visited Shapeways’ facility in Eindhoven to design and print a custom Kinematics Dress.

At Shapeways, a 360 degree scan was taken of Rachel’s body to create a 3D model. This model was imported into our Kinematics Cloth app and used to customize a dress to fit her exact measurements.

Kinematics Cloth App

Rachel and Ruud van den Muijzenberg from Shapeways sit down with the Kinematics Cloth app (video stills and clips from npo.nl)

The sections are 3D printed by Selective Laser Sintering. Thin layers of nylon powder are deposited on a print bed, and a laser melts together the parts of the model that are solid.

Rachel peeks at her dress inside the 3D printer

Rachel peeks at her dress inside the 3D printer (video stills and clips from npo.nl)

Rachel later returned to Shapeways to pick up her completed dress. First she had to excavate the the top and skirt from 3D printer bed.

excavating a Kinematic Petals Dress from the 3D printer bed

(video stills and clips from npo.nl)

Once all the unsintered powder is removed, the two pieces are unfolded to reveal a garment that is ready to wear.

unfolding a Kinematic Petals Dress at Shapeways in Eindhoven

Rachel models her freshly printed dress at Shapeways in Eindhoven

Rachel models her freshly printed dress at Shapeways in Eindhoven (video stills and clips from npo.nl)

You can view the entire process at NPO TV’s website (in Dutch).

Kinematic Petals Dress

(photos courtesy of Shapeways)

Many thanks to Shapeways and NPO for sharing this great video!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *