Nanotechnology, e-textiles, smart textiles and 3D printing. You’ve heard the terms, but how much do you really know about them?
Clothing isn’t just what you wear any longer. Infused with technology, garments are now interactive and personalized; they can communicate with your smart phone and even be customized by the wearer. Then there’s 3D printing. Since the technology emerged, 3D printers have produced everything from home goods to apparel to shoes.
The result is shaping the way we buy, use and design clothes, and there’s no end in sight.
Is it the end of manufacturing as we know it? And what about those further down the supply chain – the retailers who sell the clothing? Where will your future uniform program come from, and what might it include?
The article is lengthy, but is easy to understand and well worth your time.