Biodegradable 3D Printed Menswear

For his graduation project Mats Beckman decided to create flexible and biodegradable 3D printed menswear using a 3D printer, a 3D pen and heat pressure.

Mats Beckman is a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. The student describes his graduation project as “the world’s first flexible, compostable 3D printed menswear outfit”.

The outfit was designed with the help of Ultimaker 3, various 3D pens and heat pressure. Beckman was awarded the UN Sustainable Development Award for choosing  non-GMO compostable corn starch as the main component. 

That is what Mats says about his project: “I have used a flexible compostable filament, which is absolutely fantastic, but one of the drawbacks is that it is not breathable, and for that reason I have prioritized creating a design that is airy, lightweight and comfortable on the body.”

Beckman’s clothes include a short-sleeved shirt with shorts and some accessories. The material used in production is heat- and frost-resistant and decomposes when exposed to fungus, air and heat.

However, the young designer assures that his clothes will not fall apart upon the first use.

Application of 3D printed clothes

When asked for what occasion could one wear such an outfit Mats answered: “It is immediately difficult to tell where the optimal place to use a 3D printed outfit would be, as it could be used in a wide variety of situations. I have had a greater focus on producing a concept where the material and the working method have been innovative and which can make us rethink the way we work with the production processes in the fashion industry.”

Overall, it took Beckman approximately 100 hours to produce and test the clothes, apart from the time spent on research and design. “I have been very pleased with the work so far and even the mistakes made by various decision makings have been used in constructive ways to improve the final result,” Mats added.

Mats is planning on continuing the development of his own 3D technology. He believes that such a technology could be used for anything: from accessories to furniture. To sum things up he said: “I both believe and hope that 3D printing will play a significant role in the fashion industry in the near future, where both our production processes and our way of thinking of fashion design in relation to economics and the environment needs new creative ideas.”

Mats Beckman is only at the beginning of his path. To follow his future evolution check his website. 

And for what occasion would you wear 3D printed clothes?

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