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We've seen 3D printers produce custom guitars, house keys and even the occasional gourmet meal. Now the technology is being used to build commercially viable fashion products too. The Shapeways bikini - made in partnership with Continuum Fashion - is crafted from selective laser sintered nylon (SLS). Continuum Shapeways Bikini …

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So we have an upgrade...

.. to the ASUS Eee PC girl.

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Hmmm..

... does offer some interesting possibilities regarding scanning a woman to produce a totally contoured set of lingerie though, particularly if you can design an algorithm to give the best possible profile

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No no no...

This requires exhaustive and careful measuring. Can't leave such things to algorithms.

I'll get my callipers.

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Could be interesting

Scanning would just give the shape but fitting would involve some clever math to work out support and movement. Without all the tailoring that goes on people would be unable to move.

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obligatory

Pictures or it didn't hap... oh, sorry. Force of habit. Very good. Carry on then.

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Actually, not bad idea

for people who aren't a standard size (most of us). Especially those who hate shopping for clothes.

A bit more info on the creation and fitting of this stuff (not necessarily underwear) would have been nice, though.

BTW, I'm calling you out on your sexist assumption that it's always a guy who pays for a woman's clothes. We earn salaries too, you know. It's quite legal.

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"We earn salaries too, you know. It's quite legal."

Hogwash! Poppycock! Since when?

Turn my back for fifty years and society's down the drain!

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Guys pays for a woman's clothes...

It is only a ruse to lave a legitimate reason to perv out the undies.

Once married it is the other way around: the woman is in charge of keeping the blokes undies draw stocked.

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Re: Guys pays for a woman's clothes...

No way am I letting the wife buy my undies. Strewth, it'd be like living with your mum again...

Get out more, man - to a gents clothing shop at the very least. :-)

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Playmobile reconstruction

Err, no that's wrong somehow .....

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But is it custom created

If these are custom created using measurements from the consumer, these could be the beginning of very comfortable clothes.

They still need to get the price down either way.

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Comfortable?

If these are made of nylon then your neighbours will be uncomfortable with the smell and the wearer will be uncomfortable with the itching and the smell.

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Can we have more 3D Bikini pictures please.

As per the title.

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A Better Idea...

Get a can (or two) of silly string and spray a mesh bikini on her, It would be guaranteed to fit perfectly and would be the ultimate in limited-edition fashion items.

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Spray-on clothes

...or maybe some of this stuff:

http://www.fabricanltd.com/fashion.php

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this should definitely carry NSFW

otherwise we'll get in trouble

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You what?

Are you seriously saying that after reading the title "3D-printed bikini goes on sale" you thought there wouldn't be pictures?

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if it doesn't say nsfw

then I open it at work. And the boss walks in. And sees models in underwear on my screen. And I'm spending the next hour explaining why missing last week's deadline was really not my fault, nor the fault of the amount of time I spent perusing non-work related material online. So yes, if there's pictures, put up the NSFW! It happens often enough that there are no pictures and someone has to say ``if there aren't pictures, it didn't happen''.

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NSFW? Seriously?

What are you? Amish? Should you be allowed on the internet at all then?

Seriously, you must have a *very* prudish office...

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Prudish office

Indeed they must be, insisting on people working while at work!

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If that's your situation...

then the whole Register is implicitly NSFW

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Have to ask why?

I'm all for 3D printing, I can see it being very handy for producing things that are not easy to machine by normal means. However, underwear is hardly a complex shape, and also I cant imaging rigid plastic is particularly comfy.

Plus, if the sintered stuff they use is anything like the sintered nylon we used at uni to mock up some prototype widgets, its not even that strong.

Complicated and expensive just for the sake of it - that's Fashion you may say. I'm no fashion guru, but I cant say I'd prefer seeing my mrs in that rather than a nice set of French lacy silky bits.

Paris, Obviously

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"underwear is hardly a complex shape"

Try telling that to any woman who isn't a "standard size" and she'll tell you exactly how difficult it is to get a bra that fits her properly, gives the right support and doesn't dig in etc.

I've had several girlfriends with "non-standard" figures and even with the whole underbust/ overbust/ cup size system there's still a huge variation in supposedly identical bras, so anything that may actually benefit them would be welcomed by many women.

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Shhh.... quiet.

Do you honestly think that the boyf would cough up 90 big ones if he didn't fully expect it to suddenly fall apart? What would be the point?!

Now, if it was programmable destruction that would be even better.

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Not complex?

My missus used to run the QA lab for a lingerie manufacturer. Trust me, where bras are concerned it's not as simple as it seems to make something that a) fits properly and b) is comfortable for as many customers as possible, all of whom of course are varying shapes... try sitting in a pub for a couple of hours surrounded by underwear designers, amazing what you'll learn if you don't get embarrased easily. Nearly as bad as nurses!

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I'm sure this is going to be very popular

Looks like it's as comfortable as sitting on a bunch of Legos. As well as pinching and tweezing... hope they waxed!

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I was thinking similar.

"Wax while you walk."

OUCH!

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Wonderful articles

I am always interested to gaze in rapture at... ermmm... novel applications of technology. Yeah, that's it. Novel applications of technology.

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Surely

Navel applications in this case?

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Don't get it.....

....looks like any other bikini?

is it something that needs to be seen on the flesh?

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Wake me up

When we can print Kelly Le Brock

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Weird Science

Don't forget to wear a bra on your head while printing...

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Is it cheaper

If you select a design that uses less material?

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3D Model

That model looks so plastic she could have been printed on the same machine.

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WTF?

One cup or 2

Price per cup - what's that all about?

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Three thanks.

Good to see they are ready for the martian mutant market. (mmmm, alliteration)

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California Girls

Now 100% synthetic!

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Cost

I remember when solar panels cost $70 a watt, which was totally impractical for earthly use. The cheapest panel is currently $1.75/watt, which is quite feasible to use for power. Given the state of 3D printing right now (highly experimental), I would not be surprised to see the cost come down, a lot.

For another, closer, example, the first laser printers cost $100,000. Today they cost what?

(Thumbs up for any article that can combine geeky tech and scantily clad women legitimately)

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How much is it?

"However, the parts are a far cry from the "reasonably priced" description offered in the press release, coming in at around $90 (£55) a cup.

A single cup will set you back €90 (£80). "

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Sounds expensive....

...just see how much a "normal" custom made bra will cost you! Hell even many off the shelf one will know you back £50

Estimates say about 80% of women wear the wrong size, so custom made, ones would be great for these people.

Think of it as the difference between an normal suit and a fitted suit.

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Not that expensive-

similar to Starbucks...

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Share and save money

Two girls....One cup

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no

one girl two cups

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Since it is so expensive ...

Is there a possibility to download the data, so i could print it out on my own 3D Printer?

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BitTorrent

A whole new industry to jump on the 'piracy is theft' bandwagon.

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Eat something woman!

Checkout her muscles in her shoulders and arms in the 'black' photo - either that's a particularly unflattering shot, or that's too skinny for her frame.

'White' pictures are a little more complimentary.

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Wasn't designed by Moss now was it?

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Moss?

Kate, or Stirling?

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I see ...

... she dresses to the right.

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Irony Huh?

"If this is what she wants, taking your girlfriend to the lingerie store is going to leave a whopping hole in your wallet"

As some other posters have mentioned, it looks as comfortable as an outfit made from lego and seems as supportive as a carrier bag - basically it fits where it touches. Custom made.... lol... I think they need to calibrate their measuring equipment.

It might appeal to geeky boyfriends (neat 3d-printing app huh?) but I can't see any girlfriend of sound mind wanting anything to do with this.

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