Jessica Rosenkrantz, Jesse Louis-Rosenberg. Kinematics Dress. 2013
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Working at the intersection of math, science, and technology, designers Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg study patterns inherent to organic forms, using them as blueprints for man- made printed materials. Kinematics is a branch of classical mechanics that investigates the motion of points and objects, a term adopted by the designers for their 4-D printing system. The dress consists of over three thousand unique parts that have been combined into one complete, complex assemblage in a 3-D printer.

To produce the dress, the client’s body is imaged through a 3-D scan, onto which the garment surface is then digitally tessellated into triangular shapes that hinge together (the smaller the triangles, the more flexible and likely to drape the fabric will be). The tessellation is compressed to fit the volume of (the 3-D printer and the form is generated using a selective laser sinter process that binds nylon powder into concrete forms. This method allows garments to be customized based on clients’ individual body shapes and aesthetic desires.

Gallery label from This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, February 14, 2015–January 31, 2016
Design firm
Nervous System
Laser-sintered nylon
44 x 37 x 2" (111.8 x 94 x 5.1 cm) irreg.
Gift of the Committee on Architecture and Design Funds and Shapeways
Object number
Architecture and Design

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