RESHAPE18 3D printing Sensing Materialities calls for final submissions

The RESHAPE 3D printing competition organized by design collective Noumena, IN(3D)USTRY, and Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona’s trade fair institution, is back for 2018. 

Last year, with the theme of ‘Programmable Skins,’ RESHAPE17 saw designers use 3D printing and robotics to create interactive garments and accessories, such as the sound isolating earphones from Italy’s CRDESIGNstudio.

This year, in the fourth edition of the competition, designers are challenged with the theme ‘Sensing Materialities’ which focuses on customized garments and products promoting healthy lifestyles. With the last call for submissions falling on August 31st 2018, 3D Printing Industry looks at the criteria for this year’s competition as well as the stand-out entries from RESHAPE17.

The 3D printed sound isolating earphones from CRDESIGNstudio. Photo via CRDESIGNstudio.
The 3D printed sound isolating earphones from CRDESIGNstudio. Photo via CRDESIGNstudio.

‘Our body is sophisticated mechanism’

RESHAPE18: Sensing Materialities emphasizes the evolution and adaptability of humans and disruptive technologies. RESHAPE states that “in this digital age, our body is being exposed to unnatural hazards, such as environmental pollution, radiation, and widespread disease. We need to learn how to navigate this rapidly changing environment.”

Thus, designers are tasked with finding innovative solutions that celebrate new technologies such as additive manufacturing and synthetic biology while acknowledging its detriment to the human body. This edition is split into two categories: Wearable technology and Product design.

The wearable technology category challenges designers to propose new garment solutions which address environmental and human health, i.e., respiration, contamination, body postures, disabilities, and stress. The competition invites proposals including innovative materials, wearable electronics, and prosthetics solutions.  

Furthermore, the Product design category encourages designers to create a product solution that promotes well-being. From sporting goods to medical devices, those entering must present an experimental “product able to negotiate the forces shaping our environments.” This includes monitoring, sensing, and interaction with the physical and digital world. Additionally, designers must consider the social impact of their products as well as its carbon footprint.

The AWElectric inflatable 3D printed garment from Sensoree. Photo via Sensoree.
The AWElectric inflatable 3D printed garment from Sensoree in RESHAPE17. Photo via Sensoree.

3D printed wearable garments from RESHAPE17

Last year, Sensoree, a Californian biotechnology company, entered its AWElectric inflatable 3D printed garment equipped with biosensors that translates breathing to a pulsing orange glow. The garment also includes an embroidered speaker which sends frequencies to tickle the skin wearer’s skin. This innovative bioresponsive design, which became a finalist at RESHAPE17, intends to enhance proximity and telepathy between human and machine.

In addition, Houston-based designer Maria Alejandra Mora-Sanchez entered the 3D printed “Loom” dress inspired by patterns used from the Wayuu tribe, an Indigenous community of the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela. With FDM and two spools of 500mg Push Plastic Flexible TPU, the dress cost approximately $60 to make.

The 3D printed Loom dress designed by Maria Alejandra Mora-Sanchez. Photo via Youreshape.
The 3D printed Loom dress designed by Maria Alejandra Mora-Sanchez. Photo via Youreshape.

The RESHAPE18 Jury

Spanning across the two categories, the RESHAPE18 jury is composed of 11 design experts from fashion, architecture, computer research and 3D printing. Rejoining the panel is Anastasia Pistofidou, Founder of Fabtextiles, an open-source fashion production platform and Simone Cesano, Senior Director Design Operations at Adidas.

Laia Mogas-Soldevila, Architect, Designer, and Interdisciplinary Researcher in Living and Future Materials at Tufts University, Valerie Bergeron, Director of Materfad, a material center in Barcelona and Davide Neri, Director of Italy’s Wasproject are also included on the jury.

The winning designers from RESHAPE18 will receive a financial award up to €2000, an invitation to the Reshape Forum from the October 16th-18th, a project showcase at the Reshape exhibition and an exclusive meeting to pitch their ideas with Reshape partners.

Register for the RESHAPE18 competition here.

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Featured image shows the RESHAPE18 competition banner. Image via Youreshape.