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3D-Printed Fashion Jacket Created With Blender



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.

Patrick writes:

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 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.



About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. > it would´ve been impossible to create this jacket on CAD programs

    Not strictly true. Grab a scan of the girl and import into Rhino as a framework to design around, add in a bit of Grasshopper, and it would have been a sinch to create.

    Having said that, it's great seeing some amazing results of what Blender can do in the realm of 3D printing.

  2. Interesting. Glad Blender could be of use to someone in such an unconventional way here. Not sure about whether it'd been 'impossible' to do this elsewhere, but I think it probably wouldn't have been easier or more accessible much anywhere else, or at the very least, the most affordably.

    It's interesting to see tools used in unconventional ways. While I'm not using 3D printing tools for any 3D printing much yet, I've found myself using the Mesh Analysis tool to help check my Dyntopo sculpts for overlapping faces a time or two.

  3. Pretty model and also a very interesting head piece .
    As far as twenty semi a days tailoring a model is just sound very cool .

  4. No doubt a great deal of thought and effort went in to producing this piece but the photograph is frankly terrible. Confusing background, awkward, tense pose on top of ill considered composition. Is the focus of the image the hat ?
    This jacket deserves a better photo.

  5. Oh la la, très bien! Interesting use of Blender 3D, though the photo isn't making great justice to the jacket, which is kinda elaborate :P

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