Israeli fashion designer Danit Peleg first became interested in 3D printing in 2015 when she decided to explore the technology for her graduate project. The collection was not only a personal triumph for Peleg—who taught herself 3D modeling and printing pretty much from scratch—but it also marked the first ready-to-wear collection fully 3D printed using a desktop machine.
Fast forward three years, and Peleg is now recognized in the intersecting worlds of fashion and additive manufacturing and has committed herself to promoting the technology in the field. Excitingly, the ambitious designer recently announced the launch of a new venture in partnership with Gerber Technology: online workshops for learning about 3D printed fashion.
The first workshop will be hosted from July 10-12 and anyone (students, fashion designers, teachers) is invited to come learn about Peleg’s own journey in 3D printed fashion and about the emergence of 3D printed garments on a broader level.
Speaking to Peleg, the designer explained her inspiration for hosting the online workshop—which is believed to be the first of its kind. “In the past three years I’ve been traveling so much to talk about how I see the future of fashion and to explain my recipe on how to create 3D printed fashion. I’ve had the chance to advise a number of companies and I always get a lot of requests from people who couldn’t make it to one of my talks asking if it would be possible to do a virtual session. That’s what led me to create this workshop.”
“It was like writing a book,” she adds about developing the program. “The workshop is so detailed and it’s three days, so it took me a few months to put everything together. We’ll be talking about everything belonging to 3D printed fashion, including the technology, the process and what’s going on with 3D printed fashion generally.”
The online workshop is broken down into three modules held over three days. On the first day, Peleg will share her own story about how she began using 3D printing, delve into the history of 3D printing and fashion (as well as more recent innovations) and give an overview of the various techniques, limitations and challenges that exist with the technology.
Day two will investigate the ways in which 3D printing is revolutionizing the fashion world and will consist of a step-by-step guide to creating design files using open source 3D modeling software. Peleg will also be reviewing each of the designs and will 3D print them in her studio. The final day will consist of an in depth Q&A session to give students more insight into the designer’s own pieces.
At the end of the workshop, Peleg says she will 3D print the designs created by her students and ship them to the participants along with some other bonus materials (like the design files for her first collection!).
The best part? You don’t have to be a 3D printing expert or a fashion designer to participate in the interactive workshop. “I call it 3D printed fashion for beginners because you don’t need to have any background with the technology or even with fashion in order to be part of the worksop and understand it,” the designer says. “It is open to anyone who is curious about the relationship between fashion and technology and I’m very excited to share my knowledge.”
Admittedly, the three-day course is quite limited in terms of space as Peleg is offering places to just 15 people. She does, however, plan to offer the workshop pretty regularly. “We want to keep it small,” she explains. “It’s live and I want students to be able to ask me questions as we go and we want it to be quite intimate. The next session will probably take place in September.”
As a self-taught 3D printed fashion expert, Peleg is in a good position to teach others about the process from the ground up and to convey that it is a consistently changing process.
“3D printed fashion has become my career and over the years I’ve learned so many new shortcuts or cool programs and I’m always trying to improve my process so it will be faster and easier and better,” she says. “Because I didn’t know anything about 3D printing and taught myself everything, it’s really easy for me to speak to people who have never done it before and show them all the options that exist for creating 3D printed textiles, garments and more.”
For her own pieces, Peleg operates a studio equipped with four Witbox desktop 3D printers which she uses to experiment with new patterns, samples and swatches. In the workshop, she will be teaching her students how to operate and use a Witbox machine—primarily because of the accessibility of desktop FDM printers, though she says she will also talk about industrial options. For her production pieces, Peleg sends her designs to a service in Spain which 3D prints them.
Aside from teaching people about 3D printed fashion, Peleg is also continually working on improving her own process and methods. “I want to push this technology further and improve every part of the recipe,” she elaborates. “I have been collaborating with Gerber Technology in order to improve the software size and then I’m also working on developing better filaments. When it comes to 3D printers, I am always curious to try the latest options on the market.”
Going back to the upcoming workshop, the innovative designer sees it as an opportunity to give something back to the community which helped her to learn the ropes of 3D printing three years ago.
“I felt that I learned so much from people online and the maker community and I always feel like I need to give back to this community. Now I just feel like I’m happy to pass on my knowledge. I really believe that designers and makers being more open with their process and ideas is the way it should be in order to move this technology ahead. We can learn so much online for almost every topic, but not so much about 3D printed fashion and that’s why I feel like it’s important to pass on what I know. Ultimately, I hope to have more designers who are testing this technology so I can learn from them eventually.”
The first edition of Danit Peleg’s 3DP Workshop will take place from July 10th to 12th and costs $540 per person. At the time of writing, Peleg has confirmed that there are still seven remaining spots for the first workshop.