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3D Printing Advantages and Disadvantages in Fashion Lingerie

What is Additive Manufacturing ?

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a relatively new technology that is starting to be used in the fashion design industry. Like any technology, there are advantages and disadvantages within the processes and results.

AM used by Santos 3D Studio:


  1. Customization: One of the biggest advantages of additive manufacturing in lingerie design is the ability to create custom-fit pieces that are tailored to the specific measurements and preferences of the customer.

  2. Speed and efficiency: Additive manufacturing can be faster and more efficient than traditional manufacturing methods, which can reduce lead times and increase production capacity.

  3. Flexibility in design: Additive manufacturing allows designers to create complex shapes and structures that are difficult or impossible to produce with traditional ways.

  4. Sustainability: Additive manufacturing can reduce waste and energy consumption, which can be beneficial for the environment.

Process from digital to IRL garment creation.


  1. Cost: Additive manufacturing can be more expensive, particularly for small-scale production runs or custom pieces.

  2. Material limitations: Additive manufacturing may have limitations in terms of the types of materials that can be used, which can impact the quality and durability of the finished product.

  3. Surface finish: Additive manufacturing can produce a rougher surface finish than traditional methods, which may be less desirable for certain lingerie designs.

  4. Limited scalability: Additive manufacturing may not be as scalable, which can be a disadvantage for companies that require high-volume production runs.

3D printed bra by Santos 3D. Fully recyclable 3D material.

Overall, additive manufacturing has the potential to offer significant advantages in lingerie design and production, particularly in terms of customization and flexibility in design. However, it is important to consider the cost and limitations of the technology, as well as the potential impact on the quality and durability of the finished product.

Take a closer look of our 3D printed intimates here:

Mycena 3D printed pieces from the 2021-22 BLOOM Collection by STEPHANIE SANTOS.


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