Creating unique 3D printed mannequins

Thanks to 3D printing, mannequins by Dutch brand Hans Boodt Mannequins can be made in a large variety of poses, colours and features, each of them unique.

The world of fashion is more than just clothing. It’s a world in which trends follow each other rapidly, inspiration is taken from the real world, and in which the total picture has to be right. The presentation is no exception, so the mannequins are just as important as the rest.

The mannequins by Hans Boodt are used by the largest fashion brands all around the world. The company is constantly innovating to satisfy the whimsical wishes of its clients, taking inspiration from fashion, architecture, movies, and more.

Realistic, abstract or special, developing a mannequin “with character” takes time, and before 3D printing, the prototypes were made from clay by hand.

3D printing can save a lot of time, but also offers more possibilities in design freedom. It takes 2 days to 3D print a mannequin, as opposed to weeks when they are made by hand. The timeframe from idea to prototype is one week, at one tenth of the costs. To limit CO2 footprint, Hans Boodt uses biodegradable filament made with corn starch or sugar cane.

A unique feature of Hans Boodt is that the company offers tailor-made and customised mannequins. Clients can design several parts, from the basic form to the stand, to make the mannequins as individual as real people in a variety of poses and body sizes. It’s even possible to make changing mannequins, like a thermo-sensitive mannequin. Under normal circumstances, the mannequin is black, but the material turns white when heated.

Photos: Hans Boodt Mannequins