3D printing also taking the fashion industry by storm

3D printing is taking over the fashion industry, as recently demonstrated by a Victoria's Secret fashion show.

Published Sat, Jan 25 2014 1:05 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The fashion industry is embracing 3D technology at an accelerated pace, offering an early glimpse into what consumers can expect to see on store shelves in the years to come.

3D printing also taking the fashion industry by storm |

San Francisco clothing maker Continuum already offers wearable 3D printed clothing products, while running shoe maker New Balance is dabbling with printed shoes. The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has also demonstrated the latest generation of 3D clothing, which will help influence 3D printing in the fashion industry.

The cost of 3D printing is still extremely expensive, so average consumers likely won't print their own clothing, socks and shoes in the immediate future - but it's a fascinating market that continues to evolve at an accelerated rate.

Around 10 percent of all consumer products by 2025 will be 3D-related, according to recent industry estimates, though seems to be of interest to technology enthusiasts at this point. It will take additional time for 3D printing technology to develop - and clothing manufacturers to test 3D internally - before all retail stores offer 3D-printed clothing.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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