Love Your Library is a series of events hosted by the FIT Gladys Marcus Library focusing on different aspects of the fashion industry. This year marks their 7th year of consecutive success and I was really impressed by the quality of their guest speakers. Last Wednesday I assisted Disruptive Luxury: 3D Printing for Fashion and Luxury Goods with the Designer Francis Bitonti who is known for the world’s first fully articulated 3-D Printed Gown for Dita Von Teese.
He covered everything from a brief history of his design studio, the future of the industry, and changes to both as a result of technologies like 3D printing. (His studio also offers free courses, check them out here)
Some of the things I took away:
3D printing is so much more than rapid prototyping.
There is a shift on how content is created, language makes things and that language today is code.
Mathematical Models drive innovation.
We have to embrace computation as a creative media.
We should stop trying to reproduce what we already have.
3D printing can be a Zero Waste Process.
We have a level and control of precision like never before seen in humankind.
There is a trend on making smaller printers not bigger.
In approximately 10 years the patents will die which will make the technology more widely available and less expensive.
If you are an Art & Design Major, PrintFx will become your very best friend. For those who don’t know, PrintFx is FIT’s premier digital output lab located in D529. The options are truly endless at PrintFx. You can print a simple image for an assignment, print a poster sized image, bind a book, and even print on fabric. That’s right…FABRIC. I will never fully understand how that is even possible, but the people in PrintFx are obviously experts. The services offered at PrintFx are Laser Prints, Inkjet Sheet Prints, Inkjet Poster Prints, Fabric Inkjet Prints, Specialty Media Inkjet Prints, Laser Color Copies, Large Format b/w Copies, Large Format Scanning, and Bookbinding.
You truly CANNOT beat the prices offered and the pay method is so simple. Just add money onto your FIT ID at a PHiL station in the library on the 5th floor or CC15, or add money on your laptop or mobile device by accessing this link: https://fit-sp.blackboard.com/eaccounts/AnonymousHome.aspx. Not only is PrintFx inexpensive, the turn around times are like no other. If you drop off your desired project/assignment before 1pm, you’ll be able to pick it up the SAME DAY, but always plan ahead!
If you don’t have time to go into PrintFx and drop off your desired project/assignment, you can submit it online and pick it up when it’s ready using this link: http://www.fitnyc.edu/10915.asp! The icing on the cake is that PrintFx hours exceed the usual 9-5 hours. They are open Monday-Thursday 9 am – 7 pm and Fridays 9 am – 6:30 pm. FIT is all about using your resources, so take advantage of PrintFx!