Eyebeam and Shapeways partnered to produce the first Computational Fashion Master Class hosted at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in July 2014. This year, following the enormous success of the 2014 program, Eyebeam and Shapeways partnered together again and hosted the class at Eyebeam's new location at Industry City in Brooklyn. In the ten-day intensive workshop ten professionals in the fields of fashion, engineering, media arts, and interactive design learned, experimented, and collaboratively created work that interrogates the emerging modes of digital textiles modeled directly on the body. Through the use of 3D printing, the program explored new advances in computational design, focusing on the formation of digital materials. Different approaches for pattern generation and textile operations were explored in the quest to develop "matter that moves."
Participants gained proficiency in a range of tools and methods relevant to current commercial and artistic practices, as well as instruction in 3D printing and digital fabrication processes. The students worked in groups, applying their skills to the collaborative creation and production of printed wearables. As part of their process, they developed physical prototypes with the support of FormLabs’ desktop 3D printer, while final iterations were produced with the help of Shapeways.
Each piece from each iteration of the program functions as an extension or augmentation of the body, exploring concepts such as second skin, performative textiles, as well as responsive and kinetic structures. In the Master Class's opening year, three projects were developed and were exhibited at Hotel Particulier in Manhattan in the fall of 2014. In 2015, five projects were developed, each of which combine 3D printing with traditional fashion design techniques. Starting in September 2015, Eyebeam will be exhibiting this year's garments at The Seaport in Manhattan.