3D printing may end the agonizing search for the perfect wedding dress. Advances in technology coupling 3D printing with acoustic waves, facial mapping, and fashion design have opened a new market, reports 3ders.org. You can enlist 3D printing companies for uniquely personalized wedding dresses now, and even rings based on voice waves or faces. Can 3D printed wedding cakes really be far behind?
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Let’s start with the dress. Sri Lankan fashion designer Charlene Thuring wanted to explore 3D printing possibilities. She worked with 3D Concept Studio, the country’s first 3D printing house. Once the team found the right bride — meaning one willing to entrust her wedding gown to a new process — they got started. Thuring created the print file and 3D Concept Studio produced the gown. The end result was not only aesthetically pleasing but also had extra functionality — the voluminous skirt could be replaced quickly with a trimmer version more comfortable and suitable for the reception.
But of course, the dress isn’t the only piece of the puzzle — so how about wedding ring designs based on your voice? The Japanese-based 3DWave encoder ring is shaped to represent your own acoustic pattern. You start by uploading a three second clip. The company then translates the audio data into gold, silver, or rose-colored rings (note, the choices are print colors, not materials).
Another personalized ring choice is a 3D printed representation of the a face. Created by Cadillac Jewelers from Netherlands, the first step in creating one of the company’s face-to-face rings is to convert a facial profile shot into a 3D printed mold. The mold is then used to cast a ring made of steel, silver, or gold, in this case the metal, not just the color.
Neither 3D printed ring company offers advice about whose voice or facial profile is used. It seems logical that the bride’s ring would represent the groom’s face or voice and vice versa, but who knows? Perhaps in-laws’ tones and visages would be captured to add yet another dimension to 3D ring printing.
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