In Paris, the Dior gallery underwent a major makeover in early March. Along the gallery’s main staircase, visitors will now find 1,874 3D printed replicas of the Dior collections, reflecting the history of the internationally successful luxury goods manufacturer.
The Dior gallery on Avenue Montaigne in Paris was renovated in early March 2022. Along the gallery’s main staircase are replicated 3D printed objects from the company’s collection. They were printed by LA FERME 3D ©, one of the largest 3D printer parks in France.
100,000 printing hours
The 3D printed objects that can be seen there are exact replicas of famous bags, shoes, perfume bottles or even hats. It took 100,000 hours of printing, 10,000 hours of post-processing, and more than 30 printers to produce these items. The Alighieri agency is the origin of the project. Obtaining a modulated and reproducible version would not have been possible with traditional working methods.
The agency turned to LA FERME 3D ©. The company used its VOLUMIC 3D printers for the large number of objects. They have expanded their 3D printer fleet with more than 30 machines capable of running without interruption. With the help of the company partners, in December 2021 there were more than 100 machines dedicated to the Dior project.
Florent Carasco, founder of LA FERME 3D © explained:
“This is one of the main challenges that the LA FERME 3D © teams have faced since the company was founded to allow the installation of objects. Thanks to the precision and robustness of the mechanics of the VOLUMIC 3D printers, we were able to develop extreme settings to overclock equipment and produce the most complex objects at incredible speeds. This successful combination of hardware and know-how is truly the key to the success of this gigantic production ”.
Miniature replicas are created using FFF 3D printing
To replicate the collections, the company used 3D scanners to digitize them. Every seam, every detail, every fold had to be captured with care and made compatible with FFF 3D printing.
After printing more than a ton of material, the assembly and post-processing phase followed. The 3D objects were painted and partially decorated with original jewelry and accessories.
Fiorente Carasco continued:
“The increase in the skills of the post-production teams has been absolutely stunning, reaching levels far beyond the first prototypes. This increased experience in sublimation of 3D printed objects becomes our trademark. An internalized know-how, a skilled workforce, a 100% Made in France production and 100% bio-based materials, together with a tenfold experience in 3D printing, have really allowed us to grow and have opened doors that are still invisible. “.
The Alighieri agency and FERME 3D © have finally assembled the 3D printed replicas at 30 avenue Montaigne in Paris. The 3D printed objects were mixed with real miniature haute couture dresses designed by specialized workshops. The colorful and harmonious result gives the whole charm and identity. There are 1,874 pieces, including 452 dresses, in the windows surrounding the staircase. Also on display is the famous dress that Lady Di wore at the 1996 Met Gala. You can read what else is happening in the world of fashion in terms of 3D printing in our category: Clothing from the 3D printer.