South African Designer Finds Paradise in Stratasys Color, Multi-material 3D Printing

Michaella Janse van Vuuren designed Stained Glass corset combining rigid, flexible, color and transparent materials produced on an Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer

Michaella Janse van Vuuren designed Stained Glass corset combining rigid, flexible, color and transparent materials produced on an Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer

We knew the new Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer would create waves in the fashion world but we didn’t how quickly they would reach our shore.  Dr. Michaella Janse van Vuuren is a creative thinker who actually found paradise in the system’s colorful, multi-material properties.

Hailing from South Africa, Michaella has been working with 3D printing technology as a way to fuse her passion for art and design with her technical background in engineering. This is reflected in her design firm, NOMILI, and as a driving force behind Agents of the 3D Revolution, which supports artists who use 3D printing in their work.

Michaella has re-envisioned the Garden of Eden story and this time, it’s Eve who subjugates the serpent. Working from this central theme, she has created a unique fashion collection featuring bright, colorful pieces that use composite PolyJet digital materials and multi-material properties including rigid, flexible, and transparent to redefine 3D printed fashion technology.

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Michaella Janse van Vuuren’s Fish in Coral bracelet 3D printed in one print run

Fantastically, almost all the pieces are 3D printed in one print run – no assembly required.

Van Vuuren’s project work, in collaboration with Stratasys and the Norwegian 3D software maker Uformia, included eye-catching bracelets, ankle-bands, shoes and corsets  in a range of bright colors that draw inspiration from nature, but at the same time represent a completely new approach to fashion design.

“This is the first time that I’m using a 3D printing technology that truly allows me to make something so close to an end product,” says van Vuuren.

Michaella Janse van Vuuren designed Fish in Lillies Bracelet exploits the multi-material and color properties of the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer to emulate fish scales

Michaella Janse van Vuuren designed Fish in Lillies Bracelet exploits the multi-material and color properties of the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer to emulate fish scales

“The ability to combine rigid and flexible materials in one piece is something that is so rare, and introducing color into the process inspires us creatives to think in a whole new way.”

The Garden of Eden Collection is travelling all over the world; first stop was the recent 3D PrintShow in New York. While in New York, Janse van Vuuren spoke to Stratasys about her experiences using the Objet500 Connex3  Color Multi-material 3D Printer in this must-see video interview.

This post is also available in: Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazil)

Comments

  1. Ive been thinking of u stratasys while watching discovery channel talking about plastic beehive instead of wood. genius and probably easier with 3D printer. isnt it?

  2. Nice corset - I should 3D print one for my wife ;) ... What kind of materials is it made of?

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