Behold the N12, the first 3D-printed bikini ever, a high-tech garment that’s the result of a collaboration between Continuum Fashion and Shapeways. For something that’s completely customized to your own shape, the price isn’t even too bad – the top will set you back about $260 and I assume the bottom is comparable (it’s currently listed as “not for sale”). The bikini is named for nylon 12, the waterproof material it’s printed from.
The N12 was designed using Rhino 3D CAD software and specially written algorithmic script to create the structure of the 3D printed fabric. The algorithm uses a complex ‘circle packing’ equation on an arbitrarily doubly curved surface (the bikini). The size of the circles responds to curvature and edge conditions of the form, creating smooth edges and a responsive pattern.