Looking ahead – the possible effects of 3D printing on the fashion industry

By Joseph F Murphy

The fashion industry experienced a sudden jolt when 3D printed pieces first appeared on the runway. This article addresses the likely impact of 3D printing technology on the fashion industry and considers what counsel can do now to prepare

What began about 30 years ago as a new industrial technique for making prototypes of solid objects has undergone such revolutionary advances that 3D printing in heavy manufacturing industries is no longer producing mere prototypes, but finished goods such as jet engines, automobiles and even entire buildings. However, heavy manufacturing industries, having long used 3D printing, had a lead time of decades to prepare for the revolutionary advances in 3D printing. By contrast, the fashion industry has had little time to prepare for these upheavals.

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