3D printed lingerie.
A Eurasian Union law prevents the production or import of lace garments, but the German lingerie brand, Lascana, has turned to 3D printing to circumvent that law. Lingerie lovers rejoice because you next pair of sexy undies may be on the way to you thanks to 3D printing.
The folks at Lascana commissioned Russian designer Victoria Anoka to design the underwear. After completing her designs, Anoka turned to Moscow-based 3-D printing company, 3DPrintus, for printing. She came up with a two-piece bra and panty set made entirely from nylon.
The undies’ design features shells and pearls. After an rigorous four-month testing period, the undies were ready to be put on display. They debuted at this month at Geek Picnic, an annual science and technology fair, which we covered yesterday, that takes place in St. Petersburg. Anoka’s designs will be available on Lascana’s website starting in November. The set comes in white, so that purchasers can get creative and paint the underwear the color they desire. The underwear is expected to cost around $80 when it goes live on the site.
Managing director of Lascana, Ksenia Shilkina, said that 3-D printing wasn’t just about finding a loophole to evade a seemingly absurd law. He said it was also about showing the potential of 3-D printing. “We are opening the future through the use of promising technology like 3-D printing. It’s amazing, and we were the first in Russia to demonstrate that you can ‘print’ underwear with a printer,” he said.
In July, a poorly worded directive from the governing body of the Eurasian Union, a European Union-like trade coalition of former Soviet states Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, banned the import, production and sale of synthetic lace underwear.
The law was supposed to be helpful, banning the use of low-quality synthetic fibers because they aren’t “hygroscopic” enough, which means they don’t allow the skin to breathe like they should. Instead, the law outlawed all underwear made of non-natural material that didn’t meet a six percent absorption threshold.
Since that time, those who like frilly underwear have had to go without. Eurasian Union women have not been happy about this new law and have taken to occasional protests. Although these undies may not be the most comfortable, they certainly are stylish, and if they allow women a bit more freedom from an overbearing law, then that’s a plus as well.