Innovative prototyping and production of shoes, bags and eyewear

30 August 2019by Fabio Gualdo0
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For more than 20 years, prototyping and high-end production have been our core business. We use the latest cutting-edge 3D printing technologies (Additive Manufacturing).

3D printing is revolutionising product development in the fashion industry, and five aspects are the main focus of its interest:

1 – Product personalisation

2 – Prototyping

3 – Experimentation

4 – Production efficiency

5 – Cutting lead time

Product personalisation is the main objective of many companies, ranging from accessory to clothing manufacturers.

3D printing, which takes personalisation to the next level, is being used more and more to create products tailored to consumer tastes.

“We offer designers an extremely high degree of personalisation. There are hundreds of thousands of colour combinations we can experiment with on shoes, bags and eyewear. Innovative materials allow us to come up with new accessories. We invest our resources in expertise and this enables us to deliver consistently high results.” – Fabio Gualdo, owner.

The company has acquired a new production system called Stratasys J750. It enables highly qualified personnel to produce prototypes and products in multiple colours and materials.

“As a frontrunner in design and fashion, it’s no surprise that Italy is one of the leading adopters of the J750. The ability to produce ultra-realistic parts that match Pantone color standards and in a range of materials like no other, makes the J750 the only 3D printing technology that can truly deliver the needs of these industries. Spring is a testament to this – incredibly, buying its thirteenth 3D printer from us. With its impressive expertise in optimizing the use of additive manufacturing, we’re excited to see how Spring continues to push the boundaries of the technology with this latest addition.” – Giuseppe Cilia, Area Sales Manager, Stratasys.

Technological revolution

Being able to print multi-colour and multi-material objects is a recent accomplishment. Aesthetic prototyping was limited in what it could achieve and 3D models could only be produced in one colour or material. This was holding back innovation in the fashion world. The advances in additive manufacturing and the Stratasys J750 printer now enable Spring, one of the leading companies in the field in Europe, to produce multi-colour and multi-material prototypes. This is a milestone for the sector.

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New possibilities

This technology offers:

  • 360,000 combinations: There are 360,000 possible colour combinations which we can apply to your accessories.
  • PANTONE colours: To make life easier for you, we can use PANTONE certified colours.
  • Photographs and graphic designs: To take personalisation to the next level, we can print photographs and graphic designs on the surface of shoes, bags and eyewear.
  • Realistic textures: Let your touch talk. We can personalise the surface of your objects. Do you want your customers to feel the rough texture of wood? Or the wefts of a fabric? Thanks to us, you can.
  • Different materials: Want a transparent bag? Shoes in a rubber-like material? A pair of glasses with one temple in a rubbery material and the other one stiff? We can do all this, and a lot more besides.

Learn about all the materials, click here.

Source: Lushan Sun & Li Zhao (2018) Technology disruptions: exploring the changing roles of designers, makers, and users in the fashion industry, International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.

Images and video: Designers from Hong Kong presented a collection of shoes printed on Stratasys J750 printer – Wordy Boar

Fabio Gualdo

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