The InBloom dress is one of the first fully 3d printed dresses in the world and the first in Australia. It was developed and printed by XYZ workshop on an Ultimaker Desktop 3d printer using flexible PLA.
The InBloom dress is the second 3d printed garment by XYZ Workshop after the XYZ Bodice ( Hydro Shift Top). The Bodice won an international 3d printed fashion competition organised by the Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, but the difficulty and time spent modelling the Bodice led Elena Low and Kae Woei Lim to look for a simpler approach. They eventually went to Spotlight to buy a pattern which they then scanned and manipulated to create the InBloom dress.
Their objective was to make a fully 100% 3d printed piece that was not only wearable but had qualities of movement within it. They also wanted to show that 3d printed fashion was not something you can only achieve using complex 3 dimensional modelling tools or limited to large expensive commercial 3d printers.
It debuted in February 2014 at the 3D PrintShow New York 2014 alongside works by fashion designers such as Threeasfour, Francois Bitoni and Nervous Systems.
In line with XYZ Workshop's committment to the Open Source movement the datasets for printing the dress is available for download on the XYZ Workshop website.