Kipling Gives Away Materialise's 3D Printed Bags

(PresseBox) ( Leuven, Belgium, )
Belgian bags and accessories brand Kipling has partnered with Materialise to co-create the "City Jungle Shopper" and will be giving away these 3D printed bags in a contest running from today until April 2nd, 2014. Based on the Monkey Madness collection, this bag showcases its monkey mascot role in the world's first fully-flexible 3D Printing material TPU 92A-1.

From 2D to 3D

The idea consisted of creating a 3D printed plastic bag starting from the Monkey Madness collection, which is based on different designs of the Kipling monkey. Materialise engineers started by converting the 2D monkey silhouettes into 3D shapes and designed 4 different 3D patterns in the 3-matic software. The customer chose one out of these 4 prototyped patterns.

Speaking about the partnership, Jürgen Derycke, Kipling's Media - PR & Digital Marketing Manager said, "Materialise really took us to another dimension with these monkey bags through their 3D Printing technology. We are always looking for innovative approaches for our bags, and we are very happy with our new City Jungle Shopper bag. We hope to work again with Materialise to create more state-of-the-art products!"

Kipling and Materialise decided on a structure with the monkey's tails touching to create a pinwheel effect in the pattern. Once the right pattern had been chosen, bottom and top rims were added to the design for overall stability. Hooks on the top rim ensured later attachment of shoulder straps. The final piece was printed in 1 piece.

Materialise printed two types of bags in two distinct materials: one is made in Materialise's latest fully-flexible material, TPU 92A-1 using laser sintering technology and the other one is made with more traditional epoxy material using Materialise's Mammoth Stereolithography technology.

This project demonstrats Materialise's extended expertise in the entire process of 3D printing, from design and engineering all the way to the printing and finishing.
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