3D Printed Wearables – The Future of Bespoke Fashion

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3D printing is expected to be the future of bespoke fashion, making customisation mainstream.

Valued at US$3 billion in 2018, the global 3D printed wearables market will maintain its steady course, according to a new study by ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm, Future Market Insights (FMI). 

According to the study, 3D printed wearables industry remains influenced by manufacturers’ focus on partnerships with technology providers to eliminate traditional limitations for design innovations. Manufacturers have introduced a wide range of products - from footwear and clothing to jewellery and sports accessories.

The report found 3D printed footwear the top-selling category, accounting for one-fourth of market share.

3D printing technology is extensive in the field of medical wearables, creating opportunities until now unforeseen. Research in this sector has been inclined towards making living tattoos that act as sensors, making viable organs that could revolutionise the transplantation process and printing bacteria for potential applications in surgical and medical fields.

Revolutionising the manufacturing process, 3D printing is enabling mass production of customised products. As more wearable manufacturers turn to 3D printing for accelerated production and waste reduction, gains in the market are expected to surge at a significant pace. 

According to the study, Europe and North America remain lucrative markets for 3D printed wearables, collectively accounting for ~70% shares. This can be attributed to a notable rise in the number of wearable startups, along with focus of key players on shifting their portfolio from fundamental wearables to smarter products with higher degrees of functionality.

New solutions that feature mixed material printing will benefit manufacturers with key players in the market partnering with engineers, mathematicians and architects to create high-end 3D printed wearables for the future, with added functionalities and improved accessibility to a wider array of data.

Offering a long-term forecast for the 3D printed wearables market, the study finds the market is project to record a ~9% CAGR through 2029.