Art couture designer Larisa Katz and 3D designer Patrick Römgens used Blender and an Ultimaker 3D Printer to create a jacket. The work was featured on the Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day this June 2013 in London.
For this project we’ve used a Rapman 3.2 Ultimate Kit and an Ultimaker Rev. 3. and lots of flexible and normal PLA filament. Both have been printing for almost 3 weeks non stop (seriously 24/7) to get this project done.
As the article on 3Ders.org mentions, we’ve started with taking a full body 3D scan of Larisa. This was done with Skanect 1.4 and a Carmine 1.09 from Primesense and gave amazing results. We than polished the scan and removed things we didn´t need from it and that´s where the Blender-’pleasure’ started.
I’ve mainly used Blender 2.67 for this project since it had the 3D printing-addon to make sure the model would come out nicely on our FDM printers. At the start we used a few times Sketchup to ‘trace’ a photo into a 3D model to use in blender afterwards.
The freestyle working environment of Blender was really what this project needed, it would´ve been impossible to create this jacket on CAD programs or other not so advanced 3D modelling software, Blender was the only package that gave me the full mountain of tools to get this natural and organic looking jacket modeled.
- Eye-catching 3D-printed fashion jacket on Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day 2013 (featuring more photographs of this project).
- Larisa Katz website
- Patrick Römgens website