這個被稱為3D 時尚的計畫(為期18個月)，是由產品與工業設計資深講師Guy Bingham博士所帶領，目標是搭配主流時尚公司的趨勢，以一站式的創新生產工法，製造彩色及高完成度、全尺寸可穿戴式的成衣及鞋類。
“3D Fashion將為成衣和鞋類生產帶來革命性新方法。人們說這是不可能的，但我們將會是第一個投入此領域的企業。它將會支持Yeh Group從聚合物到成衣製造的願景。”，Tony Shiang公司總經理David Yeh表示。
根據英國 WRAP(廢棄物及資源行動計劃)統計，目前，成衣製造所產生的廢料每年約為180萬噸 – 相當於每個英國家庭中有70公斤或是100件牛仔褲，同時在生產過程中消耗了63億立方米的水。相當於英國每年每戶200,000公升或是1,000個浴缸的用水量。
“Yeh Group一直在不犧牲產品性能的前提下，努力削減了不必要的浪費和節省資源的使用，並將產業目標快速地推向市場，創造新的製造技術，使品牌和零售商可以更貼近客戶的需求。”， David Yeh補充說明。
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Yeh Group backs "revolutionary" 3D printed fashion project
Global textile and garment manufacturer Yeh Group is joining forces with a British university on a project to develop "truly wearable" 3D printed fashion and footwear.
The landmark project, which would see items manufactured within 24 hours, "could revolutionise how clothes and footwear are made," according to the researchers at Loughborough University, where the work will be carried out.
The 18-month project, known as 3D Fashion, is being led by Dr Guy Bingham, senior lecturer in product and industrial design, with the aim of producing full size, 3D wearable garments and footwear that are coloured and finished in an innovative one-step manufacturing process – with design input from a major fashion house.
The Yeh Group, an innovative vertical sports, outdoor and intimates supplier headquartered in Thailand and with operations in South East Asia, will help commercialise the technology. The group makes sports, outdoor and intimate apparel fabrics and garments, and is perhaps best-known for its DryDye branded performance fabric produced using a waterless dyeing process for customers such as Adidas.
"3D Fashion is going to bring a new revolutionary way of producing apparel and footwear. People say it is not possible, but we are going to be the first to jump on it," explains David Yeh, managing director, Tong Siang (Yeh Group). He adds: [It] "supports the Yeh Group vision of direct polymer to garment manufacture."
3D printing of textiles – also known as additive manufacturing (AM) – is not new, but current processes are multi-stage and require garment finishing. Another issue is that 3D 'prints' tend to be hard, sculptural structures – and one of the biggest challenges has been making garments with drape, and that are comfortable and wearable.
However, Loughborough University says its innovative technology will produce finished, ready-to-wear net-shaped garments directly from raw material, such as polymer, in a single manufacturing operation.
The technology also has tremendous potential to not only reduce waste, labour costs and CO2 emissions, but also to modernise clothing production by encouraging localised manufacturing and production.
"With 3D printing there is no limit to what you can build and it is this design freedom which makes the technology so exciting by bringing to life what was previously considered to be impossible," explains Dr Bingham.
"This landmark technology allows us as designers to innovate faster and create personalised, ready-to-wear fashion in a digital world with no geometrical constraints and almost zero waste material. We envisage that with further development of the technology, we could 3D print a garment within 24 hours.
"Printing clothes using AM will revolutionise the fashion industry worldwide by opening up digital manufacturing to the masses via online retail, bringing a much needed update to 19th century techniques and processes. This modern approach to clothing production helps meet the growing demand for personalised apparel and footwear which through 3D printing can be produced in a sustainable and ethical way."
Currently, garment manufacture generates 1.8m tonnes of waste material – equivalent to 70kg or 100 pairs of jeans per UK household, with 6.3bn cubic metres of water used in the process – equivalent to 200,000 litres per year per household or 1,000 filled bathtubs, according to WRAP, the UK's Waste and Resources Action Programme.
"The Yeh Group is always striving to cut out unnecessary waste and resource use, and support the industries goals of faster to market, creating a manufacturing technology that brands and retailers can install closer to their customers. This is all with no compromise to performance," David Yeh adds.
As was recently reported on just-style, another UK project at the University of Hertfordshire is claiming a "huge breakthrough" for garment technology and 3D printing by producing materials that are flexible and more closely mimic traditional fabrics.
Original Article: just-style