— Bikinis created using 3-D printers and lasers may sound like they belong in a steamy sci-fi story, but you could own such a garment right now — if you happen to have $440 to $650 to spare.
That's because it turns out that two clever designers — Jenna Fizel and Mary Huang of Continuum Fashion — are selling something they call the N12 already.
The N12 is a ready-to-wear, completely 3-D-printed article of clothing. This means that all of its components — the panels, straps, closures, everything — were put together without a single bit of sewing.
The intricate bikini design got its name because of the material its constructed from: Nylon 12. This solid fabric-like material is spit out by a 3-D printer which uses the Selective Laser Sintering process. This involves a computer-guided and very high-powered laser which fuses small material particles together to create the final garment.
Since the nylon material is thin — it's about 7 milimeters thick — and waterproof, it results in a comfortable and functional swimsuit. So, no, the N12 isn't simply easy on the eyes. You can actually take this baby out for a swim.