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RESHAPE 17 is a digital fabrication competition, this year focusing on the microscopic structure of materials to make wearable tech. Facilitated by processes like 3D printing, the RESHAPE 17 Programmable Skins brief asks designers to “focus on wearables as prosthetic skins providing augmented functions” as in, for example, the University of Minnesota’s fingertip bionic skin sensors, or flexible, bacteria-powered fabrics.
2017 marks the the third edition of the competition, which is organized by design collective Noumena, in partnership with international advanced and additive manufacturing event In(3D)ustry. Submissions are open until June 30, and winners will be decided September 1 2017.
Skins - Competition - Criteria - Designers/teams - Idea
Programmable Skins Competition criteria outlines that individual designers/teams must “reconsider the idea of conventional contemporary clothing”, experimenting to connect “users, environment and data.” With these connections, and a bioinspired introduction to the brief, RESHAPE taps into a similar concept as that seen by 3D Printing Industry at the Eindhoven’s MU gallery Fluid Matter exhibition.
Furthermore, requirements stipulate that each brief must “present a clear fabrication strategy” and be able to be made with tools found in a Fab Lab or Maker Space, i.e. 3D printers, CNC milling machines, computer aided design (CAD) software.
Detail - Brief - Dissemination - Idea - Examples
The final detail of the brief must also outline dissemination of the idea, providing real-world examples of the wearable in use.
The second edition of RESHAPE competitions was held in 2015, and focused on: “ubiquitous computing, proposing a natural interaction between users and environment, extending its influence in all fields of human phenomena, even in the primary one: our body”.
Spongesuit - Bikini - Year - Concept - Material
The 3D printed Spongesuit bikini won in this year for its innovative concept that allows the material to absorb pollutants from the sea when worn by the swimmer.
The Spongesuit by Pinar Guvenc, Gonzalo Carabajo, Inanc Eray...
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