At last night’s Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games opening ceremony, snowboarder Amy Purdy’s running blades weren’t the only high-tech element of her performance.
Purdy, who danced a solo with an industrial robot named KUKA, wore a 3-D-printed dress created by Israeli fashion designer Danit Peleg. The dance was conceived to explore the relationship between humans and technology, so it’s fitting that the dress was printed using desktop printers.
Peleg was inspired by Purdy’s battle with meningitis at 19, after which she lost both of her legs. The story is like a rebirth, Peleg said, so her inspiration was Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.” She also added diamond shapes from the painting’s composition, while the nude colour is that of Venus.
This was her first time dressing an athlete or a dancer, so she used a soft material called FilaFlex printed in a lacelike textile that moved and bounced as Purdy danced. It took approximately 120 hours to print the dress.
The custom dress is part of Peleg’s latest collection. For her 2015 graduate collection, Peleg was the first to design and 3-D print an entire ready-to-wear collection. She said that 3-D printing is “liberating because the designer’s imagination is the only constraint. As the technology evolves and materials and printers improve, designers will find a lot of freedom in this technique.”
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.