3D printing, a path to sartorial perfection: Tailors Mark uses 3D technology for a better fit – 3DPrint.com

Even for people who are reasonably happy with their own bodies, shopping for clothes can make you feel like a malformed freak of nature. For those who have the ability to have custom-made clothes, the realization that we all look good if our clothes fit us well is very satisfying. Bespoke clothing and a slew of personal stylists are all that stand between Hollywood stars and hoi polloi.

It is increasingly common for clothing to be available with the possibility of a certain amount of customization built into the online shopping experience. Today, thanks to the easy integration of 3D data into web experiences, a set of high-end suit tailors, Tailors Mark, is extending its reach by offering to customize its shirts and suits to an exact replica of its body. customer. This means that instead of having to be in Melbourne for a fitting, your data can be sent wherever you are while providing you with a fully personalized fit.

One day this will probably be the norm, but for now it is extraordinary, especially given the nature of the specific scanning technology they have developed that allows them to offer this option. Using this patent-pending technique, a customer can use their smartphone to scan their own body and send that data to the factory, where a full-scale torso model will be 3D printed to be used as a surrogate for the experiment. sewing. .

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The torso not only provides tailors with traditional online body profile information, such as chest circumference and arm length, but also allows them to consider posture and weight distribution.

Tailors Mark already has 17,000 customers worldwide, but with this kind of universal access option, that’s sure to grow exponentially. Rather than dealing with the nightmare of torso storage needs, models are printed from lightweight, reusable plastic filament that can be crushed and fed back into the machine to create the next person’s fit dummy . Each replacement will be created on a number of 4 or 5 meter high 3D printers which can create a new torso in around two hours.


Tailors co-founders Mark, Rob Fisher and Dave McLaughlin [Image: Pat Scala]

At this point, the process is still in development and being tested at the Melbourne office, but once all issues are resolved and the process is perfected, the plan is to send the 3D printing equipment to its factory in Bangkok, where the most of his costumes are self-made. Tailors Mark not only sees a benefit for customers but also for themselves, as they hope this technology will significantly reduce the need for further alterations to the suits they produce and nearly eliminate returns. Let’s discuss this topic in more detail in the Tailoring & 3D Printing Technology forum thread on 3DPB.com.
[Source: Financial Times]