This intricate 3D-printed tile dress recently appeared at New York Fashion Week 2016. The design by Alexis Walsh is known as 'The Spire Dress' and it has been featured in magazines, 3D Printshows and even a music video.
While 3D printing accounts for the creation of the "fabric" of this dress, the assembly process is still quite labor-intensive, meaning that not everything is left up to a machine. After the 400 individual SLS nylon tiles were printed by Shapeways, they needed to be put together by hand using metal ring connectors, which gives the high-tech garment a couture handcrafted feel.
Walsh was named the recipient of the first-ever Shapeways Education Grant in 2015, which she used to create the LYSIS Collection, which also makes use of CAD modeling and 3D printing.