The Materialise World Conference took place from April18th to April 20th 2012, in Leuven, Belgium.

The event brought together industry professionals from around the globe, to experience and discuss the latest achievements in additive manufacturing (3D Printing), and its new critical role in the “2.0” Industrial world. But the highlight of the Materialise World Conference was definitely about Fashion thanks to Materialise’s recent “Hats Off to 3D Printing Challenge.

A Hat Design Contest with very simple rules 

The Hats Off to 3D Printing Challenge contestants’ had to design a 3D printed hat or a hair accessory for a fashion model. The design had to be in white to accompany the plain outfit of the models on the runway. 

  • The design had to fit within a space of 20x20x20cm
  • The file size had to be no larger than 100Mb
  • Details had to be at least 1mm in size to be printable
  • Contestants had to provide a render of their design and the 3D file itself to consider it a valid entry

As part of the event, a collection of 3D printed hats was shown on the runway 

Amongst the event’s many guests (like Herman Van Rompuy, a famous 3D printing companies President), were fashion figures like Daniel Widrig, Niccolo Casas, Elvis Pompilio, as well as the 20 finalists for the “Hat’s Off to 3D Printing” contest.

At the end of the show, the hat “Daisy” designed by Mark Bloomfield, was announced as the winner of the challenge.

 “Daisy” the hat designed by Mark Bloomfield


Video from i.materialise

Picture : i.materialise’s screenshot 

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