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Friday, March 25, 2016

Tech Style: Kinematic Petals Dress

Compiled by Leah Linhares
Photography: Courtesy Nervous System

Kinematic Textile Petals
Kinematic Textile Petals

Marrying art with technology, Nervous System brings forth a fresh look in fashion with its new project: Kinematic Petals Dress, using a fold strategy, which reduces the size of the dress by 85%, making it printable as a single piece… 

Commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), designers Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg have created a custom-fit, 3D-printed dress for Nervous System’s MFA’s exhibition: #techstyle, which runs from March 6 through July 10, 2016.

Drawing inspiration from petals, feathers and scales, Nervous System has developed a new textile language for Kinematics (the features or properties of motion in an object; in this context - a system for creating custom-fit 3D printing clothing), where the interconnected elements are articulated as imbricating shells. Made up of thousands of interlocking parts, this dress can be customized to the wearer’s body through a 3D scan, where each element is individually customizable: varying in direction, length, and shape.

Kinematic Petals Dress
The dress is 3D-printed in durable nylon plastic; the design composed of 
more than 1600 unique pieces interconnected by more than 2600 hinges
3D printed Kinematic Petals Dress
It emerges from the 3D printer fully assembled and ready to wear

Kinematic Textile Petals
Each interlocking component of the dress is rigid, but, in aggregate, they behave as a continuous textile
Kinematic Petals Dress
Petals protrude from the underlying framework of tessellated triangular panels,
sheathing the body in a directional landscape of overlapping plumes
Kinematic Petals Dress
A smart folding strategy is employed to compress Kinematics garments into a smaller form for efficient fabrication.
 By folding the garments prior to printing them, it makes complex structures larger than a 3D printer
 that unfolds into their intended shape
Kinematic Petals Dress
New design software and simulation tools have been developed to make this dress possible    ©Steve Marsel

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