HARMONOGRAPH DRESS and PANGOLIN DRESS, 2016
By ThreeASFOUR in collaboration with Travis Fitch, in collaboration with STRATASYS
Produced on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer
Materials: Agilus30, VeroBlack
Both of these 3D printed dresses form part of ThreeASFOUR’s ‘Biomimicry’ collection which explores the way in which biological forms and natural morphologies can be replicated in a fashion context with 3D printing. The 3D printed dresses were the first demonstration of Agilus30 material from Stratasys, which has extreme flexibility and durability, and represents a big step forward for 3D printed fashion design.
The Harmonograph dress circles around the body in three spirals, following the geometry of the Fibonacci sequence and optically portraying the effect of a harmonograph. Combining geometry, biology and logarithms. Not only were the 3D printing capabilities of the Objet500 Connex3 essential in the production of the dress, but the entire design from its initial conception was intended to maximize the potentials inherent to this technology. The interwoven nature of the geometry could not be produced in a traditional manner, and it was critical to the designers that the design should evoke a language unique to 3D printing.
The Pangolin dress, is derived from a signature ThreeASFOUR design comprised of 14 pattern pieces. In this new 3D printed version, an overall skin is created by mixing a variety of interlocking weaves, biomimicking natural animal textures. The Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer’s precision and ability to vary material properties such as rigidity and color gradation, provided the designers with the geometric control to create nuanced, deliberately placed transformations in the membrane’s porosity and flexibility. This also allowed alternating states of transparency and privacy, while accommodating the movement demands of the human body.