Continuum Fashion and Shapeways have designed the first consumer ready-to-wear 3D-printed garment.

It’s a swimsuit and it’s name is the N12 Bikini.

The swimsuit was named for the material it’s made out of, the Nylon 12This solid material is created by the SLS 3D printing process and is a perfect choice as it is waterproof and remarkably comfortable when wet.

The bikini’s design was built in Rhino 3D CAD software, using a special algorithm to create the structure of the Nylon fabric.

White, strong, and flexible


In pratical terms, thousands of circular plates are connected by thin strings, creating a wholly new material that holds its form as well as being flexible. The layout of the circle pattern was achieved through custom written code that lays out the circles according to the curvature of the surface. In this way, the aesthetic design is completely derived from the structural design.

The N12 bikini is now available with a selection of sizes on the Continuum online store.

Photography: Ariel Efron 

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