3D PRINTING Project

This trench coat has been made from recycled PET, the pattern has been printed in 3D on 40 x 40cm machines and then assembled on a traditional sewing machine. It is a prototype that we hope can open the way to complete circularity in the not too distant future. 
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What made you opt for 3D printing to make this piece?
One of the pillars of LAZA Clothing is to always seek innovation to move forward, seeking the complete circularity of our business. Recycling waste is one of the most obvious ways to do it and today 3D printing is advancing by leaps and bounds in the reuse of materials such as plastic or rubber. I wanted to experiment with it and see the possibility of making garments with this technique, there is still a lot to do, but we did not want to be left behind in trying the options that we have around us.

How has the experience been in terms of design?
The design process has really been the same as when we make any other garment, the big difference has been that we have had to adapt to the possibilities of the printer. Design in 40cm squares and thinking about the final product and its functionality. We have opted for an outer garment, more specifically a trench coat because the characteristics of the plastic provide a waterproof that would be more uncomfortable in blouses or pants, also taking into account that in San Sebastian it comes in handy to protect us from the rain.

And the production process?
The production process has gone hand in hand with the BALAB FACTORY laboratory, they have been in charge of implementing our design and the original idea that we had. They have digitized our pattern, they have dealt with the printing of the pieces and we have made them, sewing the final garment. We have had the opportunity to carry out these experiments thanks to the link we have with the Provincial Council of Guipúzcoa and the GK GREEN FASHION cluster that seeks the synergy of different local companies in the sector. The texture of the fabric has come after experimenting with the drawings and photos that inspired our Feeling Good collection. At all times we were clear that we wanted that garment to coexist with our cupro garments. The final result has been a bit stiff, but in the end it is a first prototype and we hope to be able to continue developing this idea in the future.