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Sylvia Heisel One of Top ‘100 Women in Wearable and Consumer Tech’ for Her 3D-Printed Apparel 

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Published by January 30, 2018 12:59 pm

(WomenOfWearables) The Women of Wearables have announced the top “100 Women in Wearable and Consumer Tech.” In the original announcement, they explained, “In order to raise awareness and to celebrate our female founders, entrepreneurs and technologists in the wearable tech industry, as well as to make sure that our voices are heard and that conference organisers never again offer an excuse such as lack of female talent when it comes to speakers and panelists, Women of Wearables have compiled a list of the top 100 women in wearable and consumer tech. The only way to change the industry is to be part of the industry. Without female role models, women cannot be what they cannot see.”
Sylvia Heisel, who has been working with 3D Printing and apparel since 2012, was announced as one of the winners. In an earlier interview with Women of Wearables, Helsel discussed the evolution of her business. “We are developing a workflow and manufacturing system for 3D printed apparel. The concept evolved from other fashion-tech and 3D printing projects we were working on. My background is as a fashion designer but I have focussed on new technologies for clothing and wearables for the last few years. My husband is a sculptor and we were introduced to 3D printing in 2012 when the first desktop printers became available. The first 3D printed dresses we made were catwalk pieces for fashion-tech events and completely unwearable in real life. As we did new pieces and saw the technology and materials improve it became clear that 3D printed clothing will be possible at scale and that it offers a lot of opportunities for sustainable and affordable fashion and apparel that is different and in some cases much better than what currently exists. Our focus and goal is to build the software and infrastructure necessary for other designers and brands to 3D print clothing.”

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