3D printed, pleated costumes for the Beijing Opera reveals flexibility possible with SLS parts

Published 28 November 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, sls, royal college of art, sinterit, textiles, rca

The 3D printed costumes keeps the same shape and form of traditional costumes but with a contemporary aesthetic

Bringing together 3D printing with traditional Eastern pleating, PhD researchers from the Royal College of Art have created pioneering costumes for Beijing Opera performers.

The 3D printed parts have been printed using an SLS (selective laser sintering) technique from 3D printers Sinterit. This Sinterit Lisa machine has allowed for pleated and woven garments that are as soft and pliable as textiles.  

The costumes were designed using a parametric algorithm to translate a traditional pleating structure which can be applied to print the parts.

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