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Francis Bitonti's 3D-printed Verlan Dress
By SENATUS Magazine | 9 September 2013

Through a 3-week workshop held at Pratt School of Design’s Digital Arts and Humanities Research Center (DAHRC) titled 'New Skins', Francis Bitonti along with his students have created a 3D-printed dress, which the the multidisciplinary designer calls, the Verlan. The finished design was created with two MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers using two different filaments: MakerBot PLA Filament, and the soon-on-the-market MakerBot Flexible Filament, ideal for constructing the parts of the dress that need to stretch and contract, adapting to the body's movement.

The Verlan is made of 59 3D-printed pieces: 20 from PLA (for the harder, more skeleton-like sections), and 39 from MakerBot Flexible Filament (for the more dynamic, muscle-like parts) whilst the pieces were glued together with Loctite Two Part Professional Heavy Duty 5 Minute Epoxy.

The Verlan dress took 400 hours to print and 24 hours to assemble.

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