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Colorful Chalk-Like Jewelry

Gradient Bangles by Maiko Gubler are Vibrantly Futuristic

— January 31, 2014 — Fashion
The beauty of 3D printing is how different products look when produced in such a way; take the Gradient Bangles as the perfect example. Although they form classic bracelets, the texture of the material used as well as some of the designs created are quite unusual. In a way, they resemble colorful pieces of chalk or even foam.

In reality, the Gradient Bangles were made using 3D-printed gypsum. The material was uniquely colored to create the pastel rainbow hues. Designed by Maiko Gubler, an artist based in Berlin, Germany, the Gradient Bangles were not only created to adorn the arms of fashion-forward individuals, they also examine "colour as direct representation of three-dimensional form and their relation to the human body, incorporating standard 3D printing technologies." The results are very visually striking.
Trend Themes
1. 3D Printed Jewelry - Opportunity for jewelry companies to explore new materials and design possibilities using 3D printing technology.
2. Colorful Fashion Accessories - Chance for fashion designers to create unique and visually striking accessories by experimenting with color and textures.
3. Innovative Uses of Gypsum - Potential for industries to find new and unexpected applications for gypsum as a result of advanced manufacturing techniques.
Industry Implications
1. Jewelry - 3D printing technology could revolutionize the way jewelry is made and sold, offering more affordable and customizable options for consumers.
2. Fashion - Incorporating unconventional materials and colors into accessories and clothing could set a business apart and appeal to a younger demographic.
3. Construction - The use of gypsum in 3D printing could lead to more sustainable and cost-effective building materials and construction methods.
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