Valentine's day, valentine's day... valentine's day. 

The people who organise the now famous "3DPrintShow" didn't think of people like me when they decided the date for their first exhibition in New-York City : February 12 to 15... 


It took me a while to realise that, as a Paris based exhibitor and speaker of the show, I wouldn't be with my beloved girlfirend for the 14th. So, I decided that this year's Valentine's day would be early... at least for us.

One great Valentine's day present (that can be enjoyed by both the boy and the girl) is "lingerie". Paris is the heaven of beautiful lingery with famous french brands such has Aubade and Chantal Thomas. You would be surprised by how much these small pieces of material can cost. The only real problem is that you are not allowed to make a mistake on the size. It would send the wrong message...

I found one way to avoid this puzzle : 3D Printed lingery from a 3D scan!

Here is a step by step project on how to create the most personal Valentin's day present for your girlfriend, using your 3D printer.

Step 1: Get a 3D File of Her Body

This is probably the most tricky part because you have to find an excuse to "scan" her without letting her think that you are up to something exciting (like creating her own personnal piece of lingery). 

Just say that you wan't to print a miniature statue of her for your desk, or something that doesn't sound silly. Miniatures are also a cool gift, but it's starting to lack originality. Nowadays, anyone can get a hand on a 3D scanner for less than 300 dollars. Here is the one I used : Asus Xtion Pro Live, with Skanect as a capture software and Autodesk Meshmixer to clean the file. 

If you want, you can download the handle I designed to fit my scanner on a Manfrotto Tripod here : http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:212185

ry to get a good resolution from her neck to her hips. This is what you'll need. If she can wear light and skin-tight  clothes, it will make your job easier. You can also go for the "Venus" type of statue...

Once you got the scan, do what you told her and print the miniature.
Now that she has no suspicion about your project, the real work begins. 

Import the .stl or .obj file into meshmixer and keep only what you need. Try not to deform the model since it has to stay close to reality for your corset to fit perfectly. Smooth the file if it seems a little bit rough and export it again as .stl

Most 3D modelling software will allow you to import a mesh file. You just won't be able to edit it. One thing you have to check carefully is the scale. Sometimes, the STL file will import with the wrong unit, so you have to make sure that 1mm = 1mm and nothing else.

VERY IMPORTANT, or you might have a bad surprise at the end of the project.

<p>Hi, looks awesome!</p><p>but i have no idea how to do the &quot;texture or textile&quot; stepp (mostly i'm using c4d)</p><p>which programs are you using for this? (any tutorial available?)</p><p>may you can make a quick an dirty video tutorial from the scanned model until you print it? would be very nice! :D </p><p>for example name the software and draw the loft (not exact only to get an idea..) then a bit more detailed the texture process (software), and the cutting in peaces (quick)</p><p>thx, Alex</p>
<p>Yes, you are right,</p><p>I should also show the sketches. I'll ad this image to the instructables. I'll publish the SW file, so people can edit directly the sketches over a new scan.</p>
<p>will this happen anytime or can i stop looking here for updates?</p>
<p>any news on this? I would really like to learn to do such things :-)</p><p>thx</p>
<p>Wow! Awesome and Sexy at the same time, nice work!</p>
<p>a beautyyyyyyy</p>
<p>Thank you for inspiration, I might have found the purpose of my life! :)</p><p>Please share more technical data on production itself - how long did it take to produce each part? Can you please also estimate material consumption?</p>
<p>download the files an threw them in (for example) cura and you see the estimated time and cost of the material...</p>
<p>Impressive. Who doesn't love a super high tech corset. </p>
sexy like it good job ;)
Maybe replace the pictures with ones in which you have some kind of covering underneath your corset. I'd hate for this really great instruct able to be banned for something silly like that.
<p>No need - we are keeping this one. It is awesome!</p>
<p>Glad to hear that !!</p>
<p>Seriously dude? The pix are tasteful and discrete. Nothing to ban !!!</p>
<p>ITA that it's tasteful. When he gets it printed it one piece, the garment will be discrete, but at the moment, the pictures are discreet. </p>
<p>Thanks for the spelling correction, my bad !!</p>
<p>Nice aesthetics - as always. I like what you have done here. Simple and elegant.</p>
good idea and cool design! Looks very artistic, but is the material soft and comfortable enough?
Hello!<br><br>This kind on lingery is not meant to stay on very long ;)<br><br>
<p>As interesting Valentine's present you could make it with eatable material! Does it exist? Let's invent it ;-)</p>
<p>Chocolate would be great :)</p>
<p>It does! There are adaptations you can do to (open source so not Makerbot Replicator 2s) 3d printers to make it print sugar paste. Or chocolate.</p>
<p>I've seen recipes that use jam or apple sauce with added sugar, poured flat on a baking sheet and dehydrated. The pieces are cut and stitched together with something like licorice laces. (there are also knitted candy lace patterns here and at knitty.com.)</p>
<p>What kind of filament did you use? (material)</p>
<p>We used simple PLA, but I would like to try again with some Flexible filament :)</p>
<p>HAWT! Nice Instructable!</p>
<p>Just what women have always needed---<br>an exoskeleton!!!<br>Count me in.</p>
<p>sexy ;) and nice instructable :D</p>
<p>Brilliant. Lovely. Useful. And best of all a surprise.<br>Thank you for sharing.</p><p>Please do more.</p>
<p>You can use a 360 Kinect sensor through the USB on your computer as a scanner. Costs around a hundred bucks.</p>
<p>As a serious lifecast artist, may I say that I create rubber lingerie by 'drawing' rubber lines over my lifecasts, so they become a rubber spiderweb construction. Is your corset a hard plastic? That's okay, corsets had to be rather strong, used to contain flexible whalebone.</p>
B-E-A-U-T-Y-F-U-L-L<br><br>Thanks for sharing and most important question: was she happy?:-D
<p>This is really cool. Additive manufacturing is the future of a LOT of things, including fashion. Thanks for sharing this project and showing the potential of existing technologies, hopefully it will spur a flurry of related creativity in those reading it.</p><p>On a more practical note, I have concerns about the comfort of such a device and at the least I hope it was well deburred and smoothed.</p>
<p>That's a beautiful project!</p><p>I suggest you to show only the main image in the intro (step0) keeping other images for detailed steps and conclusive one.</p>
<p>well done! ;-)</p>
<p>Hey, great idea!</p>

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