3D-Printing is a process that makes three dimensional solid objects from a digital model designed with the help of animation modelling software and Computer Aided Design (CAD) applications. The digital model is literally printed on a materials printer, which prints successive layers of a specific material until the physical 3D object takes its full shape.
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3D-Printing technology is paving the way for new business models in different sectors of the economy such us civil engineering, industrial design, health, manufacturing, etc. and the fashion sector is no exception. Companies such as Shapeways and Continuum Fashion are developing new business models based on 3D printing services where customers can design and print to order fashion items such as jewelleries, accessories, footwear and bikinis.
See the N12 bikini 3D printed by Continuum Fashion and Shapeways: