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Would it REALLY be the death of the sewing machine?
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Date: 10/22/12 10:07 PM

The 3d printer is something I've ready so much about recently in the news, everything from guitars to human kidneys. Now fashion designers are getting into the mix. Just check out the couture creations of Iris van Herpen or the 3d printed bikini from Continuum Fashion (it doesn't cover much).

The subject has totally fascinated and consumed me as a sewing/quilting enthusiast. I'm eager for Nancy Zieman to feature 3d printer sewing projects at some point.

Here is the really, exceptionally sad part about 3d printers. You can buy one for home use for cheaper than many sewing machines. There is a lot of talk by people in the printer industry that in a few years you will find a 3d printer in every home. I don't know if every home will need one, but its an interesting thought.

I've also read a number of articles that claim the 3d printer will be the death of the sewing machine, that the needle and thread will become obsolete. Our clothing will be seamlessly put together, will fit our individually unique bodies, and be printed from your "in-home" printer.

So, my question to you, my fellow sewing enthusiasts, would you really just stop sewing if you had 3d printer basically create your next garment for you? Or, do you see yourself using a 3d printer in conjunction with your sewing machine?

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Date: 10/22/12 11:38 PM

Funny, I was thinking it would make really cool buttons! Didn't think so much about replacing fabric. Hm...

And when that seam ripper gets lost again, just print a new one!

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Date: 10/23/12 0:10 AM

I can't imagine a 3D printer replacing fabric because it doesn't create a woven or knit fabric. It will carve out a duplicate of whatever you want, but doesn't create new materials. The button idea is great though.

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Date: 10/28/12 2:42 PM

Very thought provoking question.

The 3d printer clothes I've seen so far look like something you'd wear if you were playing an alien in a science fiction movie -- not exactly a flattering look.

Instead of a 3d printer, I'd rather have a robotic tailor that could be programmed to sew anything I wanted and never produce a wadder. I understand the US Defense Department (DARPA) is now developing robot operated sewing machines.

What I'm really waiting for is 22nd century nanotechnology -- a home duplicating machine that could recreate a complete atom-by-atom, stitch by stitch exact duplicate of a 1982 Yves Saint Laurent jacket in the original fabric. And then the machine would let me morph the jacket by changing length, color, etc.

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Date: 10/28/12 9:57 PM

Mashable Article

I thought the idea toward the end of this article about the computerized knitting machine was interesting. The 3d printing I'm not sure I see completely replacing sewing but the knitting machine I could see making something I would want to wear. Maybe I'm just imagining the fabulousness of having seamless custom knitted tops and cardis on hand all the time. But I like the idea.

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Date: 11/4/12 8:21 AM

Well...they are an interesting development. And would a lot of fun. But:
1. They are slow
2. They use silicon as the printing medium, Yuch, plastic clothes!
3. Artists still paint even though they are able to use a computer to "paint"
The creative process is the important key to sewing. And i could not give up the tactile part of handling the fabric.
And what about the excitement of the first cut into the fabric? And the antiicipation of the finished garment?
I am intrigued with the 3D printer, but just as the computer did not replace people or paper, the 3d printer will not replace the sewing machine.
But I like the idea of printing new seam rippers!

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Date: 11/4/12 11:33 AM

I think it would be a great tool in the sewing room. I could make a couple spare parts for my beloved 20 year old serger..handle, door and knobs. A spare bobbincase or two for the machines. Produce a replacement button or two that match the rest. I want the knitting machine too, the answer to the where's the other sock? They mentioned shoes too!

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Date: 11/4/12 2:07 PM

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2. They use silicon as the printing medium, Yuch, plastic clothes!

they can print in a lot of mediums, but plastic and metal are the most popular because they are primarily prototyping machines used to construct models
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Date: 11/4/12 2:51 PM

Actually, prototypes is one use, artificial limbs and bone replacements are being made now.
3D printers are fascinating, and soon will be. Dry affordable.

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Date: 11/4/12 2:52 PM

Buttons, what a marvelous idea. And many other embellishments.

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