Forget shopping. Soon you’ll download your new clothes – Danit Peleg

Forget shopping. Soon you’ll download your new clothes – Danit Peleg


In the past few months, I’ve been
traveling for weeks at a time with only one suitcase of clothes. One day, I was invited
to an important event, and I wanted to wear
something special and new for it. So I looked through my suitcase
and I couldn’t find anything to wear. I was lucky to be at the technology
conference on that day, and I had access to 3D printers. So I quickly designed
a skirt on my computer, and I loaded the file on the printer. It just printed the pieces overnight. The next morning,
I just took all the pieces, assembled them together in my hotel room, and this is actually the skirt
that I’m wearing right now. (Applause) So it wasn’t the first time
that I printed clothes. For my senior collection
at fashion design school, I decided to try and 3D print
an entire fashion collection from my home. The problem was that I barely knew
anything about 3D printing, and I had only nine months to figure out
how to print five fashionable looks. I always felt most creative
when I worked from home. I loved experimenting with new materials, and I always tried
to develop new techniques to make the most unique textiles
for my fashion projects. I loved going to old factories
and weird stores in search of leftovers
of strange powders and weird materials, and then bring them home to experiment on. As you can probably imagine, my roommates didn’t like that at all. (Laughter) So I decided to move on
to working with big machines, ones that didn’t fit in my living room. I love the exact
and the custom work I can do with all kinds of fashion technologies, like knitting machines
and laser cutting and silk printing. One summer break, I came here
to New York for an internship at a fashion house in Chinatown. We worked on two incredible dresses
that were 3D printed. They were amazing —
like you can see here. But I had a few issues with them. They were made from hard plastics
and that’s why they were very breakable. The models couldn’t sit in them, and they even got scratched
from the plastics under their arms. With 3D printing, the designers
had so much freedom to make the dresses look
exactly like they wanted, but still, they were very dependent
on big and expensive industrial printers that were located in a lab
far from their studio. Later that year, a friend gave me
a 3D printed necklace, printed using a home printer. I knew that these printers
were much cheaper and much more accessible
than the ones we used at my internship. So I looked at the necklace, and then I thought, “If I can
print a necklace from home, why not print my clothes from home, too?” I really liked the idea that I wouldn’t
have to go to the market and pick fabrics that
someone else chose to sell — I could just design them
and print them directly from home. I found a small makerspace, where I learned everything
I know about 3D printing. Right away, they literally
gave me the key to the lab, so I could experiment
into the night, every night. The main challenge was to find the right
filament for printing clothes with. So what is a filament? Filament is the material
you feed the printer with. And I spent a month or so
experimenting with PLA, which is a hard and scratchy,
breakable material. The breakthrough came
when I was introduced to Filaflex, which is a new kind of filament. It’s strong, yet very flexible. And with it, I was able to print
the first garment, the red jacket that had
the word “Liberté” — “freedom” in French — embedded into it. I chose this word because I felt
so empowered and free when I could just design
a garment from my home and then print it by myself. And actually, you can easily
download this jacket, and easily change the word
to something else. For example, your name
or your sweetheart’s name. (Laughter) So the printer plates are small, so I had to piece the garment
together, just like a puzzle. And I wanted to solve another challenge. I wanted to print textiles that I would use
just like regular fabrics. That’s when I found an open-source file from an architect who designed
a pattern that I love. And with it, I was able to print
a beautiful textile that I would use
just like a regular fabric. And it actually even looks
a little bit like lace. So I took his file and I modified it,
and changed it, played with it — many kinds of versions out of it. And I needed to print
another 1,500 more hours to complete printing my collection. So I brought six printers to my home
and just printed 24-7. And this is actually
a really slow process, but let’s remember the Internet
was significantly slower 20 years ago, so 3D printing will also accelerate and in no time you’ll be able to print
a T-Shirt in your home in just a couple of hours,
or even minutes. So you guys, you want to see
what it looks like? Audience: Yeah! (Applause) Danit Peleg: Rebecca is wearing
one of my five outfits. Almost everything here she’s wearing,
I printed from my home. Even her shoes are printed. Audience: Wow! Audience: Cool! (Applause) Danit Peleg: Thank you, Rebecca. (To audience) Thank you, guys. So I think in the future,
materials will evolve, and they will look and feel
like fabrics we know today, like cotton or silk. Imagine personalized clothes
that fit exactly to your measurements. Music was once a very physical thing. You would have to go
to the record shop and buy CDs, but now you can just download the music — digital music — directly to your phone. Fashion is also a very physical thing. And I wonder what our world will look like when our clothes will be digital,
just like this skirt is. Thank you so much. (Applause) [Thank You] (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Forget shopping. Soon you’ll download your new clothes – Danit Peleg

  1. Well, PLA is a biodegradable material, not so good in water, so I guess you only get to wear it a few times before you need to print another one? Not so practical.

  2. how will the clothes look like when they're downloaded? just like your skirt and that other girl's clothing everything will be TRANSPARENT! people can literally see your undies clearly through your so called fabric! clothes are supposed to be protective and covering not to be revealing and transparent! you really want to protect yourself or you wish to show off your undies? choose one!

  3. I think in the future, all our clothes will be either holographic or nanotech.  We'll be able to reprogram them while we're wearing them.

  4. 1:45 >"i decided i try to print an entire fashion collection from my home. The problem was that i barely knew anything about 3D printing".

    facepalm

    Something that's confused me for a while is why we even refer to these artists as "professionals". If i decide to make something, that i have absolutely no idea howto do, then i'm described as a "layman". But this artist does the same thing, she has the exact same lack of necessary skillsets, and she's called a "designer".

    I mean, an architect knows their material and howto make buildings from them. A mechanical engineer knows their material and howto make machines outof them.
    If you have been trained in a profession where you know nothing about your chosen medium (lol how do i 3d print things?!), then of what use was your training? How would your results be of a higher quality than that of any other layman hired off the street?

    Maybe that came out as more negative than i intended. I'm just confused why we elevate these people to a class label like "Artist", put them on stages, listen intently to what they have to say, when they clearly deserve no more respect nor attention than any other layman. Why is it a thing? Don't get me wrong – what she's doing is indeed quite cool & interesting, but it's no more interesting than what any other maker is doing *, why has she been elevated to a higher status class?

    *infact less so, because other makers tend to know their mediums and thus more often are really pushing the boundaries of what's possible. All this artist is doing is buying off-the-shelf 3d printers & flexible filaments and repeating what others have already done, why does she bother? But more importantly – if this is so banal and derivative, why do we bother listening? Shouldn't our time be better spent listening to those who know their medium and are truly pushing the limits?

    TL;DR: TED your entire stage is broken.

  5. 3D printing will only bring about the end of mankind even faster, it is an unnecessary evil and needs smashing with the utmost Luddite zeal.
    Also Cambodians will always be cheaper.

  6. Nope. 3D printing is not manufacturing tool and never will be. It has inherint mechanical limitations that this designer making those internt analogies seemingly doesn't understand. I dispise when people not dealing with the technology make extrapolations that don't make physical sense, like the uBeam.

    This is a TED talk? And in the end she just copied someone else's work to make it work?

  7. Technocrats…they only have two uses for most of the people, either in a sweat-shop, or as an H1b slave. If you don't fit into either category, they want you gone entirely…except for a few, they can then "give" to, to make them feel good about themselves for the conditions they created in the first place. Aren't Bill Gates and Steve Jobs heroes?

  8. .بالله علمني وين احصل هذا الجهاز . ابي افصلي ثوب لشتاء صارلي شهر وانا جالس في البيت مالي خلق اطلع وروح عند ابويمن عشان يقعد يقاوس مكوتتي وكبر كرشتي

  9. Until you can print clothes with natural materials (e.g. cotton or silk), this idea of printing clothes is just an environmentally damaging gimmick that generates more plastic waste.

  10. Not in 20 years. We could have knitting machines. But when you have to do more then shifting electrones around there is no fast development in production technology. It always hurts when marketing woman like her do not understand the fundamental problems and differences about engineering.

  11. I don't think this is a good idea for future apparel, good quality within clothes are vital for looks satisfacation and fashion not some plastic skirt…….

  12. The fashion industry should be wary of a person drawing a connection to the digitalization of the music industry.

  13. They should use recycled waste like plastics, and just make it a liquid form and add some other stuff to it to make it feel nicer and more like fabric. I think some clothes are already made from recycled plastic bags, so I'm sure this can't be that hard.

  14. hm I don't think that making digital clothes is a goos idea because if someone just said that we had to wear printed fabric I wouldn't althought the digens are more than wonderful ad you probaly spent a long time on them I want to stick with fabric

  15. I don't understand what people are going to be for when everything is printed and automated….just sitting around fat like in walle? what kind of life is that? we're literally working everyday to make ourselves obsolete.

  16. If I would have 3D printer and could print clothes I would start wearing a tie to my job. Only because it would be awesome to 3D print new tie over night LOL I am not sure that plastic is so pleasant to the skin… May be in few years they'll make more types of filaments that can be used for something like 3D printing real silk. Well, spiders do it so why we can't, right?

  17. Had to focus camera on the enslaved Muslim women in the hijabs ! Maybe they are wondering if there slave master husband will allow them to make a printed hijab or well drive a car or leave the house alone or even visit a male Dr Or Or or

  18. God damn it, people think 3D printers can make anything, so enough they say you don't need to fuck someone to make a bday, JUST 3D PRINT ONE!

  19. they look nothing like cloths or fabric i mean there still see through and luks like it might break

  20. The endgame of 3D-printing will be that most households will have their own printer, material (metals, plastics, etc.) and blueprints to basically produce anything they want. Think about home-made coffee; You need a coffee machine, coffee and a recipe to create the coffee blend you want.

  21. WERE NO STRANGERS TO LOVE
    YOU KNOW THE RULES AND SO DO I
    A FULL COMMITMENTS WHAT IM THINKING OVE
    YOU WOULDNT GET THIS FROM ANY OTHER GUY
    I JUST WANNA TELL YOU HOW IM FEELING
    GOTTA MAKE YOU UNDERSTAND
    NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP
    NEVER GONNA LET YOU DOWN
    NEVER GONNA RUN AROUND AND DESERT YOU
    NEVER GONNA MAKE YOU CRY
    NEVER GONNA SAY GOOD NIGHT
    NEVER GONNA TELL YOU A LIE,AND HURT YOU
    WEVE KNOWN EACHOTHER FOR SO LONG
    YOUR HEARTS BIN ACHING BUT
    YOUR TO SHY TO SAY IT
    INSIDE WE BOTH KNOW WHATS BIN GOING ON
    WE KNOW THE GAME AND WERE GONNA PLAY IT
    AND IF YOU ASK ME WHAT IM FEELING
    DONT TELL ME YOUR TO BLIND TO SEE
    NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP
    NEVER GONNA LET YOU DOWN
    NEVER GONNA RUN AROUND AND DESERT YOU
    NEVER GONNA MAKE YOU CRY
    NEVER GONNA SAY GOODNIGHT
    NEVER GONNA TELL YOU A LIE AND HURT YOU

  22. Think in the future that you print your cloth, but unfortunately it's jammed like our home printer. Oh God it will take a very long time to fix

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