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3D Cufflinks

Shapeway's Cufflink Creator Makes Elevated Styles For Your Wrists

— May 23, 2009 — Fashion
Cufflinks are an old classic, but Shapeway is changing their design in very cool ways with their new 3D design.

The 3D cufflinks are made of metal, and use 3D Rapid Prototyping technology to make the effect. It seems like a great gift for the less traditional man. The 3D metal cufflinks cost $50 on the Shapeway website.

Implications - Cufflinks used to be a bland menswear accessory, but modern cufflinks express the wearer's personality. In a corporate setting, clever cufflinks can reinforce a man's personal brand or business philosophy; in a personal setting, cheeky cufflinks may form a conversation starter. By creating tactile cufflinks that turn traditional designs on their head, menswear manufacturers revive a dying accessory.
Trend Themes
1. 3d-printed Menswear Accessories - The rise of 3D printing technology presents an opportunity for manufacturers to create modern, customizable designs for traditional menswear accessories.
2. Personalized Business Branding - Clever and unique designs for traditional menswear accessories, such as cufflinks, can be used to express a personal brand or reinforce a business philosophy.
3. Revival of Classic Accessories - By using innovative technology and modern designs, menswear manufacturers have the opportunity to revive traditional accessories and appeal to a younger demographic.
Industry Implications
1. Menswear Fashion - Menswear fashion companies can incorporate 3D printing technology to create unique and personalized accessories for customers.
2. Luxury Goods - Luxury goods companies can take advantage of 3D printing technology to create limited edition and customizable accessories with a high perceived value.
3. Corporate Gifting - Companies can make use of personalized and innovative menswear accessories, such as 3D-printed cufflinks, as unique and memorable corporate gifts.
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