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The Maker Movement, also called the next industrial revolution, has been propelled by the rapid adoption of 3D printing. This rapid adoption is challenging the fashion discipline to rethink the strategies used in its supply chain. This research used a qualitative approach to explore whether 3D printing for apparel is a fad or reality. Four major themes of the disruptive influence of 3D printing on C&T emerged: streamlining the apparel supply chain; making apparel production sustainable; bring manufacturing to the U.S., and empowering consumers to create their designs. The researchers also asked interviewees about specific activities which need to take place before we can fully integrate 3D printing. Their responses addressed: exposure to the technology; teach 3D software and 3D modeling; collaborate with more experienced disciplines, and fundamentally think about ways to seamlessly integrate technology. Clearly, 3D printing is a challenge that presents C&T with opportunities to grow and develop.

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Nov 9th, 12:00 AM

Disruptive Potential of 3D Printing for Clothing and Textile Sector

The Maker Movement, also called the next industrial revolution, has been propelled by the rapid adoption of 3D printing. This rapid adoption is challenging the fashion discipline to rethink the strategies used in its supply chain. This research used a qualitative approach to explore whether 3D printing for apparel is a fad or reality. Four major themes of the disruptive influence of 3D printing on C&T emerged: streamlining the apparel supply chain; making apparel production sustainable; bring manufacturing to the U.S., and empowering consumers to create their designs. The researchers also asked interviewees about specific activities which need to take place before we can fully integrate 3D printing. Their responses addressed: exposure to the technology; teach 3D software and 3D modeling; collaborate with more experienced disciplines, and fundamentally think about ways to seamlessly integrate technology. Clearly, 3D printing is a challenge that presents C&T with opportunities to grow and develop.

 

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