Three years after 3D printing made its debut, Canada’s clothing giant is gearing up to try its hand at 3D-printed clothes.
3D Clothing’s owner, 2M, is looking to start producing clothing that’s made entirely from 3D printers.
The company says its approach will take more than a decade to scale, and it has a lot of experience in the business.
2M’s founder, Craig Langford, says it’s going to be the most challenging 3D manufacturing to date.
He says the first step will be to design and produce the clothes from scratch.
Langford says he’s got a team of over 200 3D artists working on the project.
“They’re in the lab at the moment,” he said.
“There are about 100 3D designers that we’re looking to bring to this, to create our clothes.”
3D clothing is already used to make furniture and a number of products, such as glasses and toys.
But it’s only just beginning to be used in the fashion industry.
The industry is currently in its infancy.
Many companies have struggled to get people interested in 3D printed products.
Langfords vision for the company is to start the next stage of its growth with 3D technology.
“We’re aiming to bring that to our customers first,” he explained.
“What we’re really excited about is the opportunity for our customers to be able to use 3D clothes as a fashion accessory, to add value to their wardrobe.”
Langford said the first models he’ll be working with will be made from nylon.
“The first thing we’re doing is making a few nylon clothes that will go into our first fashion line,” he told CBC News.
“That’s the way we’re going to start out.”
He says they’re already planning to start production next year, and they plan to make the models for the next three to five years.
2m’s aim is to make up to 25 per cent of its clothing line from 3DS, a technology Langford is quick to point out is still in its early days.
Langridge says that when 3D garments are ready, the company will also be able work with a range of partners to create clothing for the mass market.
Langdons clothing line will be available for women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, and will have an assortment of accessories.
2mm also has a number to consider for the future.
Langworth says the company has already started working with a number, but not all, of its partners, which will be looking for additional 3D print manufacturing capabilities.
The 2mm line is not limited to clothing.
The business is also looking to make other products that use 3DPrint technology.
The apparel company is also planning to launch its own line of products.
“It will be very much focused on the consumer market, but we’re also looking at the design space,” Langworth said.
He said that the company hopes to have its 3D apparel ready for the start of the season in 2019.
2 mm will also launch its first-ever digital shop in the fall.
The shop will be based in Montreal and will be stocked with 3DPprint items, but will also offer clothing for home and office.
2 mill is currently making a limited number of 3D products.
The 3D printer and the clothing will both be printed from the same 3D model.
The clothes will be assembled by the same model, but the fabric will be sourced from different 3D fabric companies.
Langdon says the 3D fabrics used in 2mm’s clothing are not as good as those that are used in other 3D companies.
“I can assure you, that these are not the same fabrics that will be used on your shirt, for instance,” Langford told CBC.
“2mm’s fabric is going to have a very different quality.”
The company is planning to release the clothing in fall 2019, but only in select stores.
Langs clothing line is expected to launch later this year.
Langwells clothing will be distributed through select retailers, including 3M and the Gap.
2 m’s next step will likely be to sell its clothing through online retailers.
“Right now we’re very focused on our apparel business,” Langferson said.
Langgons clothing is being developed in partnership with 2mm.
2nm also is working with other companies in the 3DM space.
“This is a very exciting time for us and for the 3M company,” Langfort says.
“You have a number other companies that are starting to get interested in this space, and we have a strong interest in that area as well.”
The Canadian Association of 3DM Fabricators is looking at 3M as a partner.
It says it sees 3M’s 3D capabilities as key to the success of the industry.
“3M has demonstrated that it can produce fabrics at scale that are the most durable, cost-effective and durable possible,”