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Mixee Labs Produces Sleek, Sophisticated 3D Printed Line of Purses and Wallets

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logo_mixeelabs_bubble_1100x300-7657d986fbdcd5c8a6a95146a9d9387cJust when the holidays were over, and I thought it was safe to venture out again without seeing a host of things that would tempt my purse and wallet to open and empty, I find a … 3D printed purse and wallet that have me clamoring, most likely along with everyone else who has checked them out. The only question I have regarding the undeniably awesome Mixee Bags is where I can buy one.

Coming to us from Mixee Labs, a progressive online arena for designers to show off and sell their wares, this is another fashion item to come down the line that is not only utilitarian but aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and suitable for everyday use. That’s a combination of items we’ve been waiting to see come together with 3D printing and fashion. While we have the greatest respect for the mix of art, 3D printing, and haute couture that’s been in the headlines a great deal with 3D printed dresses at events and on the runway along with accessories and fabulous jewelry, much of it is more appropriate for rock stars and runways—rather than for everyday individuals.

with modelMade on a desktop 3D printer, the Mixee bag is functional, and allows for fluid movement of the fabric due to hinging, which we’ve seen on some other 3D fashion items lately, like dresses, which allow for comfort and a more natural feel and look rather than hard plastic. Professed to be a work in progress, they have been using this bag in the form of the cross body version with no complaint for a month, in New York City, so that’s a pretty good testament so far.

Made with a design featuring triangles, the shapes are hinged, and that’s how the material folds. This is becoming a more common design feature that we’ve reported on previously, as it allows the fabric to move without sacrificing durability. For printing the bag, each side is printed as a full piece with the hinges intact, producing a material that’s flexible right off the printer.

Once each side was printed, they snapped together easily in an interlocking design. Due to the use of a heat bed, they were able to produce shiny, smooth surfaces.

tumblr_inline_nhqgbrHPqA1qarklzWith the first prototype being such a success, they went on at Mixee Bags to create some other customized versions as well, so that the shoulder bag and cross-body bag are available as choices. Also available is a snazzy 3D printed wallet that offers a very convenient and sophisticated magnetized clasp. A wide array of colors are available, and they are still working on many different shapes and colors with different hinges and chains.

Have you created anything like a 3D printed purse, or any other 3D printed fashion accessories? Is the Mixee Bag something you would be interested in purchasing? Share with us in the Mixee Labs 3D Printed Bags forum over at 3DPB.com.

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