A PolyJet™ 3D printer for high-end fashion and design

Stratasys is one of the only OEMs that is increasingly diversifying its portfolio with 3D printers dedicated to specific verticals and that’s something I can only encourage. So far, we have seen the 3D printing company develop specific solutions for the architecture industry, various solutions for digital dentistry, and today continues with the development of the Stratasys J850™ TechStyle™ 3D printer, a PolyJet™ machine that would meet the needs of design and fashion manufacturers. The announcement follows the release of three new color resin materials for the Stratasys J7 and J8 Series™ of PolyJet™ 3D printers, the materials Agilus30™ Cyan, Agilus30 Magenta and Agilus30 Yellow – which would deliver a level of design realism beyond what was previously possible.

new Agilus30 Colors materials for soft touch prints with hyper-realistic look and feel

PolyJet™ has always been Stratasys’ preferred technology for fashion applicationsThe new machine specifically developed for this vertical has been designed to enable 3D printing for high-end, premium textiles and clothing, bags and accessories and footwear.

The 3DFashion solution is obviously a total package that comes with specific workflow software and dedicated materials. As far as materials are concerned, the machine can process directly a variety of fabrics and garments, including denim, cotton, polyester, linen and leather at volumes ranging from single pieces to the tens of thousands.

Furthermore, other materials available for the J850 TechStyle 3D printer include Agilus30™ CMY color materials for full-color, flexible printing and the Vero™ ContactFlex, a transparent coating that can be used to create a soft touch, silky feel. Stratasys VeroVivid™ resin material allows fashion houses and designers to print on textiles in over 600,000 unique colors, with multiple shore values, simulating different textures and finishes, a press communication outlines.

To further extend the reach of the J850 TechStyle 3D printer, the OEM has joined forces with a series of partners including, Dyloan and the D-house in Milan.

As far back as 2019, I predicted that in just a couple years we would see 3D printing incorporated into high-end fashion houses,” said Stratasys Art, Design and Fashion Director Naomi Kaempfer. “That time is here. We learned and modified those early designs, and created a new, dedicated printer using 3DFashion technology that is allowing fashion designers to create without limits. This is just the beginning of the journey as we continue to evolve this technology and pioneer new fashion design innovations.

“I gravitate toward new technologies that afford me an opportunity to create something original. With Stratasys 3D fashion printing technology, the possibilities are endless. Honestly, it provides a chance to experiment, and I feel like I have only scratched the surface of what is possible,” said Karim Rashid, fashion designer and SSYS 2Y22 REFLECTION collection contributor.

The upcoming SSYS 2Y22 collection reflects the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and the innovation and influences of this time on fashion and design. The collection will include new works by seven top design teams, such as high-end dresses and suits, daywear, lighting, luxury packaging, handbags, accessories and shoes, a press release reads.

Once more, this release demonstrates that professionals across vertical industries do not always share the same needs when it comes to manufacturing – so having a solution that can meet their unique challenges is a reflection of how well a technology provider has included them in its strategy. It’s another exemplification of inclusion.


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