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Video: Modeling a 3D printed bristle dress

Ica Paru, an accessories designer and model, recently became the very first person to wear the Bristle Dress from Francis Bitonti Studio after donning the 3D printed garment at a Brooklyn photo shoot.

As MakerBot’s Blake Eskin notes, the two-piece dress is cloudlike, as much an armature that poses the body as a garment to pose in.

The Friday evening photo session, which yielded the striking images below, was the first time designer Francis Bitonti saw anyone wearing the dress.

“The computer is able to visualize everything accurately, I don’t really feel the need to do fittings,” Francis Bitonti told the official MakerBot blog.

“I wasn’t surprised about how it fit, I wasn’t really surprised about anything.”

Indeed, with the translucent top of the dress, Bitonti able “to bleed the body into the atmosphere.”

The Bristle Dress – made on an Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer – is Bitonti’s second work of couture developed in his New Skins computational design workshop. The Bristle Dress was printed using MakerBot Flexible Filament and MakerBot Natural PLA Filament, with fake rabbit fur lining the tessellated skirt.

Interested in learning more? The relevant Bristle Dress 3D files are currently available on Thingiverse. The top takes 160 hours to print, while the skirt takes another 135.

Mashable says everyone is a Maker

Writing for Mashable, Lauren Drell says we’re in the midst of a new Industrial Revolution, and it’s all thanks to 3D printing. According to Drell, the Atmel-powered MakerBot is the household name looking to get 3D-printers into the hands of the masses, with 13,000 MakerBot Replicator 2 machines currently in the wild.

“It’s a new way of designing and creating and manufacturing,” MakerBot Founder Bre Pettis, who started his career as a teacher, told the widely read publication. 

Pettis said that since he always emphasized empowering his students through creativity, education and learning are naturally “built into the DNA of MakerBot.”

“I’ve always been a tinkerer. And it’s the holy grail for tinkerers to be able to make something that makes things,” said Pettis.

The Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 uses additive manufacturing to 3D-print objects, one 100-micron layer at a time. In addition, MakerBot machines are designed to use PLA filament, a plastic-like filament that won’t peel, crack or curl. The filament is available in 23 colors and a number of finishes, including translucent and metallic.

As we’ve previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, IDC analysts recently confirmed that 3D printing is “on the verge” of mainstream adoption as businesses begin to recognize and embrace the product manufacturing benefits of the technology. 

According to Keith Kmetz, IDC VP, Imaging, Printing and Document Solutions, the worldwide 3D printer market will experience tremendous unit and revenue growth from 2012 to 2017, with compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) of 59% and 29%, respectively.

“Print is extending beyond output on media to the creation of an actual object, and that presents incredible opportunity,” said Kmetz. “While traditional print technologies are facing maturity, 3D printers will see worldwide unit shipments grow by 10 times over the forecast period, and worldwide hardware value will more than double in the short term.”

As Kmetz confirms, the fast-paced evolution of 3D printing has moved well beyond early adopters and hobbyists, with the technology now being utilized regularly in business applications where substantial cost and time-to-market benefits are gained. In addition to general manufacturing/R&D applications, 3D printing tech is also finding sweet spots in aerospace, automotive, education, dental, jewelry, medical and recreation vertical industries.

Clearly, the meteoric rise of 3D printing has paved the way for a new generation of Internet entrepreneurs, Makers and do-it-yourself (DIY) manufacturers. So it comes as little surprise that the lucrative 3D printing industry remains on track to be worth a staggering $3 billion by 2016 – and $8.41 billion by 2020.

3D printing a white Christmas with the Atmel-powered MakerBot

Who doesn’t love the Plaza in New York City? Over the years, the hotel has hosted a number of famous visitors in its hallowed suites, including The Beatles. More recently, a MakerBot-made Christmas Tree topper made an appearance in the Plaza’s lobby when the hotel proudly unveiled its annual holiday tree.

“The striking evergreen is crowned with a gleaming twenty-four-inch snowflake printed on an [Atmel-powered] MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer using [the company’s] True White PLA Filament,” MakerBot’s Ben Millstein explained in a recent blog post. “The tree topper is just one of the artfully crafted snowflake designs curated by Saks Fifth Avenue for their own flagship Manhattan store and the lobby display at The Plaza.”

Indeed, Saks Fifth Avenue tapped award-winning graphic artist and longtime creative collaborator Marian Bantjes to create the unique snowflake ornaments for the holiday season. According to Millstein, Bantjes brought her signature style to the ornate, hand-drawn snowflake designs.

“For our collaboration with Saks, the MakerBot Design Team reinterpreted a selection of her designs as 3D printable models,” he added.

Readers interested in seeing more 3D printed snowflakes and a Replicator 2 demo can visit the MakerBot kiosk on the fourth floor of the original Saks Fifth Avenue department store on 611 Fifth Avenue.

Spooky MakerBot PLA filament glows in the dark

With Halloween quickly approaching, the MakerBot crew is adding a little glow to All Hallows’ Eve festivities with its new glow-in-the-dark PLA filament for the Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

Like all MakerBot Filament, Glow-in-the-Dark PLA Filament is manufactured and in-house tested, with the company mixing in a special dye mixture that glows a ghostly green in the dark.

“You don’t need sunlight to power up your Glow-in-the-Dark PLA Filament, any light source will do the trick in just two to three minutes,” MakerBot’s Ben Millstein explained in a recent blog post. “The brighter the light source, the more powerfully it will glow. We’ve found that charging MakerBot glow-in-the-dark PLA filament with a UV LED flashlight packs a potent punch.”

In addition to the glow-in-the-dark PLA filament, MakerBot has also debuted a new line of warm gray and cool gray filament. According to Millstein, the nuanced colors are ideal for professionals who use the Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to prototype, iterate, and innovate in the workplace.

“We’re particularly excited for architects, who can use these shades of gray to propose a structure’s look without drilling down into specific material choices,” said Millstein. “[Our] example model, a gothic cloister [see picture above], shows the presence of two materials and how they might look together, without having to specify what those materials will be.”

See the Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 in action

Just a few months ago, Microsoft announced it was adding native 3D printer support to WIndows 8.1. This week, Redmond and MakerBot confirmed the Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 will be showcased and sold at even more Microsoft retail stores.

“The MakerBot Experience, our in-store 3D printing demonstration at the Microsoft retail store, is expanding from its roots in Seattle, San Francisco, and Palo Alto and sweeping the nation. [So] get yourself to a Microsoft Retail Store near you and grab your MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer,” MakerBot rep Ben Millstein wrote in an official blog post.

“Microsoft retail stores across the country will offer a ‘MakerBot Experience’ and the chance for customers to see 3D printing in action as well as purchase a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and MakerBot PLA Filament right in the store. [Remember], the Microsoft retail stores are the only full line stores outside of MakerBot’s own NYC store where you can purchase a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in person and take it home the same day.”

A full list of participating Microsoft stores is available below:

  • Scottsdale, AZ – Fashion Square
  • Costa Mesa, CA – South Coast Plaza
  • Mission Viejo, CA – The Shops at Mission Viejo
  • Palo Alto, CA – Stanford Shopping Center
  • San Diego, CA – Fashion Valley
  • San Francisco, CA – Westfield San Francisco Centre
  • Lone Tree, CO – Park Meadows Mall
  • Danbury, CT – Danbury Fair Mall
  • Atlanta, GA – Lenox Square
  • Oak Brook, IL – Oakbrook Center
  • Schaumburg, IL – Woodfield Mall
  • Bloomington, MN – Mall of America
  • Salem, NH – The Mall at Rockingham Park
  • Bridgewater, NJ – Bridgewater Commons
  • White Plains, NY – The Westchester
  • Houston, TX – Houston Galleria
  • McLean, VA – Tysons Corner Center
  • Bellevue, WA – Bellevue Square