Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Oscar De La Renta…these are the names we expect to hear at New York Fashion Week, the annual event where top designers trot out the couture designs that will inspire next year’s fashions. This year, however, a decidedly different name could be found making headlines at the glamorous gathering: Makerbot. The leading name in 3D printing partnered with Brooklyn designer Francis Bitonti to create a dress using “Flexible Filament,” a biodegradable, plant-based fiber that remains pliable even after it’s extruded from the machine. With a suppleness that allows us to wear the finished design, the experimental material could open up a new frontier for 3D printing enthusiasts.

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