The Impact Of 3D Printing In The Fashion Industry

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In the words of Giorgio Armani, "the world is changing and so is fashion." The advent of 3D printing is expected to renew the industry. Currently, the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry after oil. More clothes are being made than ever before, and we are running out of places to put the excess. Not only is it the second most polluting, it is also depleting natural resources. There is a shortage of farmland because of the demand for cotton growing; millions of gallons of drinkable water are wasted on the production of cotton. This new means of production is expected to impact design and product development, sourcing and manufacturing, retail distribution and consumers, as well as sustainability optimization (Sun and Zhao).…show more content…
As shown with Peleg's collection, the skillset for becoming a designer will change. 3D printing technology requires future designers to use a xyz coordinate system based on 3D CAD modeling, rendering, and simulation programs (Sun and Zhao). These programs are radically different than the programs used by traditional fashion designers today. Designers will have to adapt the logic of CAD programs to visualize design and solve problems. Another impact of utilizing 3D printing is designers will have to change the procedure in developing garment structures. "Computational design enables encoding design decisions using computer language and predefines the steps needed to achieve a result," according to Sun and Zhao. Therefore, designers will no longer solely rely on their intuition and tacit knowledge for problem solving. Designers using 3D printing technology will have to restructure their fashion…show more content…
"Modern consumers truly care more about exclusivity and desirability," (Sun and Zhao). 3D printing can create variety of products without adding on extra manufacturing costs. This is reflected by the "maker's movement," where consumers enjoy do-it-yourself processes for one-of-a-kind product customization. Consumer generations are more influential in the fashion industry, and therefore retailers must find a way to use drastically different retailing approaches. Alternative business models must surface to meet diversified consumer demand. Retailers should also watch the industry restructure distribution channels under the influence of new 3D printing technology. Because of on-site manufacturing, shipping costs and shipping time for 3D printed fashion products would be greatly reduced. Consumer behavior would be reshaped by the turn of events. Quick responsiveness and customization in 3D printing technology are extremely suitable for the fashion
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