Francis Bitonti is a digital designer from New York that uses 3D printing and other computer controlled manufacturing technologies to create stunning luxury fashion. In the last 3 years, Francis has been learning, implementing and creating amazing designs with 3D printing. Thanks to his prior experience in Architecture, 3D design for 3D printing was simple to learn. Francis’ work, including dresses, shoes and accessories have been featured on international runway shows, editorials and countless media channels.
The Francis Bitonti Studio focuses primarily on emerging models of mass production and processes for material formation, such as 3D printing (and possibly 4D printing in the future). His team consists of designers, developers and materials scientists focused on the future of design and manufacturing.
In contrast to other clothing designers that create static products, Francis instead places a priority on materials that can be generated and modified as digital media. The Francis Bitonti Studio design systems and algorithms that shape materials. For example, the articulate Dita Von Teese gown is based on the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio. Take one glance at Francis Bitonti’s creations and you will instantly understand and appreciate the “shapeless” form of his work.
* We apologize for parts of the audio in this episode. It sounds like we are having a conversation inside a space tunnel but we hope you still enjoy the episode * 🙂
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You Will Learn:
How the Francis Bitonti Studio got started. It was originally a product design studio but adapted quickly to 3D printing clothing.
Details on what the 3D printing scene looks like in New York, especially the local start-ups.
- How learning programming along with 3D design became a deadly combination in innovation for Francis.
- The biggest roadblock for understanding 3D printing. While 3D modeling is essential, Francis stresses the importance of knowing your material – it’s flexibility, durability, hardness, brittleness, surface smoothness, etc.
- Francis’ favorite tool (hint: it might not be what you think).
- Some of Francis’ favorite pieces and what he does with them after they are created.
- The future of the 3D printed clothing, fashion and jewelry industry (and all other industries).
- Advice for those who want to design 3D printed things with mathematical algorithms and patterns in nature.
- We discuss the fascination of 3D design with intricate geometry, interesting tool-paths and the importance of understanding material for the consumer.
- Why Francis believes innovation in materials science is so crucial to the future of the technology.
- The responsibility that goes into being a product designer, not the 3D printer manufacturer.
- How will the luxury industry respond? Big luxury fashion houses use scarcity to build their brands and the potential future of fashion-on-demand will make “scarcity” irrelevant.
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