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3D-printed fashion takes Malaysian catwalk by storm

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Bring together Belgium-based 3D printing innovators Materialise and Malaysian fashion designer Melinda Looi, and the result is a runway full of intricate, 3D designs.

Materialise, known for bringing 3D artwork and printing together, approached the fashion designer to collaborate on a collection for the runway. The team of up to eight people -- including three model creators, two engineers and designers -- then drew up the plans for fashion accessories before converting them into CAD files suitable for the 3D printing process.

Once printed at Materialise headquarters in Belgium, the designs -- built around an avian theme -- were then ready for the catwalk. The team documented the design and manufacturing process for the catwalk show below:

Looi commented:

"The collaborative effort involving people from different fields and backgrounds truly reminded me that exciting and beautiful things happen when art and technology meet!

Like much of what hits a fashion runway, the pieces in the collection are clearly not meant to be practical garments, rather visionary pieces of art framed on the human form."

See more of the designs at the Materialise's Facebook page.

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Image credit: Materialise

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— By on June 26, 2013, 11:03 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure