The California start-up Unspun uses their printing and body scanning technology dubbed “Vega 3D” to create custom jeans. The process involves using the Unspun app and the Face ID feature to scan a customer’s body and create a body model. Using the data, the company then creates jeans meant to be a perfect fit.
Some brands are also adopting complete 3D approaches in their design. In 2017, American designer Julia Daviy announced that her collections would be produced via 3D printers. She released The Organic Skirt, which was created using large-format printers which was the first digitally printed clothing item available in the US market. The garment was also made using recyclable filaments to lessen any negative environmental effects.
Others are choosing to incorporate futuristic technology with traditional methods of garment making. Ganit Goldstein, an MIT design student, used a blend of ancient Japanese weave making called Ikat weaving and 3D printing to create unique fabrics. At the Royal College of Art, she presented a final project that explored the production of “large-scale embroidery patterns with conductive thread and virtual reality application to rethink how fabrics can be an interactive tool, set both as digital and physical artifacts.” For her submission to the Horizon 2020 EU funding program, she designed a seamless kimono using 20 pieces of fabric and a 3D printer.