Garments that respond to body movements, intricate laced dresses using plastics and resins, highly sculpted pieces with complex geometric shapes. The use of 3D printing in the fashion industry is allowing designers to think outside the box, in both materials and creativity. Major fashion houses Adidas, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, and others are using 3D printing to bring new ideas to life while helping to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint.

 The impacts of this multi-billion fashion industry are estimated at 10% of global carbon emissions and 20% of global clean water pollution. The production process is also responsible for significant waste – an estimated 35% of materials used in the supply chain ends up as waste.

In this episode of Good Disruption, Mike Lenox and Yael Grushka-Cockayne are joined by Naomi Kaempfer, creative director for Art, Design and Fashion at Stratasys, a leader in industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, materials and services, to discuss how the fashion industry can benefit from 3D printing by creating customizable, fully digital products that reduce waste and improve supply chain efficiency. Together they look at the potential for improvements in creative design and ponder the impact on traditional industries from customizable and “intelligent” clothing.