SOLIDWORKS Fashion Designed and Printed to Protect

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When Nitzan Kish was learning to sew from her grandmother, she learned far more than the skills behind sewing straight lines and making flowers from cloth. Nitzan’s grandmother was a Holocaust survivor and in fact taught her granddaughter that she survived thanks to sewing. She taught Nitzan to sew and to cut patterns from Burda, but most of all she believed in her granddaughter and gave her the freedom to be who she is today. .

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Nitzan attended at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel in gold smith and fashion studies, under the direction of Daniel Gaffney.  She now inspires younger students as an assistant instructor and creator of the “My, Myself and I” 3D Printed clothing line.  From her experiences, she used her creativity, technological literacy, and design knowledge to solve a women’s survival issue – simply can clothing protect women from assault?

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With SOLIDWORKS as a design tool, 3D Printing has become integrated into the “new sewing machine”

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Cloth can change shape and have reaction to physical forces.

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New materials can be fabricated.

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Materials can be printed to the exact shape for a vest or jacket.

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Color can also be added.

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Dealing with self-defense since she was a child, Nitzan’s father taught the family karate, and she also learned Ninjutsu. Last year, she created jewelry for self-defense, worn directly on the woman’s body. In her final design project, she decided to externalize the defense so that in addition to its functionality, it would create a dialogue on self-defense for women.

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I was fortunate to interview this young designer,  Nitzan stated, “Why do we need it? Why do women have to wear armor when going out in a public sphere? The answer is – at the moment there is no other choice. If we talk about these issues now, maybe we can educate the future generations, and then maybe we would not have self-defense clothing.”

Nitzan went on to say, “I believe that 3D printing enables us to create things that we could not create in any other way.  I think that this is the next industrial revolution, and that it will change the way we think and consume.  I would be happy to create collaborations relating to the project in all sorts of areas – distribution and marketing, new venues of thinking that will match the textile and links I created. My project’s designed in three dimensions allows me to think in new ways and actually come up with a new way to achieve my goals.”

Nitzan thank you for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community.  Your grandmother would be so proud.  Marie


Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard