Massachusetts-based digital manufacturing company Voxel8 has used its ActiveLab multi-material 3D printing system in the past to 3D print athletic shoe uppers because the printer is capable of fabricating flexible elastomeric materials on textiles. From now on, Eddy Ricami, one of the leading Italian manufacturers in the fashion industry, will take advantage of this fact. Voxel8 has just announced an agreement with the company, including an exclusive agreement for Eddy Ricami to use his ActiveLab printer to produce and sell high fashion accessories.
“Voxel8 technology has gained global commercial traction in athletic and leisure footwear, and we are delighted to expand our reach into the European high fashion market with a distinguished partner such as Eddy Ricami, who built a reputation for innovation and quality. We are looking forward to working together with our partner to bring the benefits of Voxel8 technology to the fashion industry ”, said Friedrich von Gottberg, who joined Voxel8 as CEO at the end of 2019.
Voxel8 was founded in 2014 by Harvard University and claims that its ActiveLab system can offer a complete turnkey solution, which includes materials, software and hardware, for the purpose of 3D printing functional characteristics on textiles, such as shoes, clothing and the like. Related products.
“Our technology is fundamentally transforming the way footwear, clothing and fashion accessories are developed and produced. It enables manufacturers to offer unique design embellishments to their customers with shorter design cycle times, reduced manufacturing times and inventory costs, and lower costs associated with tooling, freight and to tariffs, ”explained Percy Chinoy, the director of business development at Voxel8.
The company’s ActiveLab system enables its digital manufacturing customers to create interesting and unique design embellishments with reduced manufacturing time and design cycle, which is part of what makes it so attractive to Eddy Ricami. Based in Montecosaro in the Marche region of Italy, the manufacturer has worked with the fashion industry for more than two decades and differentiates itself from its competitors by using innovative and modern manufacturing methods, such as 3D printing, while at the same time also preserving what she calls “the artisanal care of her work”, to create solutions based on digital fabrication and embroidery.
Eddy Ricami has three manufacturing plants, all close to the haute couture clientele. Now that it has installed Voxel8’s ActiveLab system at its headquarters in Montecosaro, the company can respond even faster to the demands of the fashion industry, which increasingly uses 3D printing these days. .
“Thanks to our purchase of the ActiveLab® system, we seek to bring new custom design elements to our customers, taking advantage of the latest additive manufacturing technologies. During our evaluation of 3D printing offerings, we found that Voxel8’s technology was ideally positioned for printing on textiles. This is an example of our continued commitment to implement innovative technical solutions to provide our customers with distinctive products, ”said Gianluca Bordoni, CEO and owner of Eddy Ricami.
Eddy Ricami will be able to realize the personalized and bespoke product ideas of his haute couture clients much faster using Voxel8’s ActiveLab printer, while incurring “virtually no additional costs” and waiving the typical supply chain risks associated with overseas manufacturing. It’s definitely a win-win situation.
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