Verlan Dress by Bitoni the First to Use MakerBot Flexible Filiment
(3Ders.org) The Verlan Dress, designed in the New Skins: Computational Design for Fashion workshop led by designer Francis Bitonti of the famed Dita Dress, is the first creation to ever use MakerBot Flexible Filament, a new adaptable filament material made out of polyester. Francis Bitonti is a multidisciplinary designer from New York City who organized a three-week workshop at the Pratt Institute’s DAHRC that resulted in the creation of a 3D-printed dress. Bionti’s designers built this dress with two MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers. The MakerBot Replicator 2s printed continually for close to 24 hours a day for two weeks — a total of 400 hours of printing — to create the dress.
According to MakerBot, this 1.75mm Flexible Filament, which will launch to the public soon, is more flexible than PLA. It has a soft, flexible feel, and is even pliable when exposed to hot water (it can be reshaped and form-fitted). The material was commonly used for sutures in the medical field, mouth guards, prosthetics and non-woven fabrics.