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3-D printing embraced by fashion industry

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - It seems that 3-D printing has now been embraced by yet another industry.   

The fashion industry.

During a recent fashion show, models went strutting down the runway wearing 3-D printed 'wings' and accessories.

It was part of a joint collaboration between Victoria’s Secret and Shapeways.... A company that specializes in 3-D printing.

Savannah Peterson works for Shapeways and she gave us a tour of their Long Island City factory.

They have a series of designer apps where you can be the designer yourself.

Once you've settled on a design, it's uploaded to the site, the material is selected and that's when the actual printing process begins.

It's called Selective Laser Sintering which involves lots of lasers, heat and tons of powder.

When it’s heated up almost to the point of melting, the lasers come down and start sintering the nylon powder together.

“And you'll see patterns start to appear, another layer of powder will get swept across and the exact same thing and it will happen again” Savannah said.

When the printing is done the print trays are pulled out and allowed to cool off before they're taken to the breakout room where workers blast and sift through mounds of nylon powder.

3-D printing is making such a huge impact in the fashion industry, many up and coming designers are using the technology to create their own signature looks..

Sarah Awad and Dhemerae Ford are the creative force behind Laser Girls.

The design duo sell one of a kind 3-D printed nail art and accessories..

“We realized that people were starting to glue things on their nails so we figured no one’s done 3-D printing nails and you can do so much with 3-D printing that can't necessarily do by hand” Dhemerae said.

The future is here.

Now products can be made in less than 24 hours...

Real, genuine products in a new, sometimes controversial and soon to be, thriving industry.




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