Stratasys 3D prints onto denim in stunning new KAIMIN collection [video]

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Stratasys has worked with many a designer to push the boundaries of what 3D printing can do in design, art and fashion. Their latest collaboration is with KAIMIN, a New York-based fashion house with a high-tech slant that has worked with high profile artists including Lady Gaga, Bjork, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry.

Together, Stratasys and KAIMIN have put a high fashion spin on one of the most ubiquitous clothing garments in the world: jeans. At the same time, they have achieved a first in the additive manufacturing world by 3D printing directly onto denim using Stratasys’ PolyJet technology.

We got our first glimpse at the Stratasys x KAIMIN 3D Print Denim Capsule Collection in a video released by Stratasys yesterday. Take a look:

The garments take denim patches to the next level with three dimensional geometric patterns protruding from the (otherwise fairly traditional) denim pants and jackets. The 3D printed details, which pop up at the knees, hips and shoulders of various denim garments, take advantage of Stratasys’ multi-color and multi-material PolyJet printing capabilities: the flexible geometric patterns have an iridescent effect, with subtle color changes.

Stratasys x KAIMIN
(Photo: KAIMIN)

Either from up close or from afar, the eye-catching denim clothes look like they are embedded with colorful gems from another world. The 3D printed details add both texture and brilliance to the more generic clothes.

KAIMIN—founded in 2016 by Kaimin—has always been interested in how technology and fashion are related, exploring digital practices in its various collections. As it says on the fashion brand’s website:

“The KAIMIN brand is thoroughly intertwined with the digital world so we laud and lean heavily on technology in our work, including analytics as well as content and branding with digital art and AR/VR. KAIMIN utilizes state-of-the-art and sustainable materials as well as leading-edge production techniques, experimenting with 3D printing, laser cutting, etc.”

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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