There is a bit if a trend around for 3D printing, the process is complex and expensive at the moment, but the idea is that eventually we will all have the ability to print in 3D and when that time comes this is the sort of thing that we could be making. It is not for me though!
This the N12 bikini as designed by Continuum Fashion, it is made from Nylon 12, hence the name and so is completely waterproof as well as being strong, none of you thought that it was made from paper did you?
According to Mary Haung from Continuum Fashion;
“The bikini’s design fundamentally reflects the beautiful intricacy possible with 3D printing, as well as the technical challenges of creating a flexible surface out of the solid nylon. Thousands of circular plates are connected by thin springs, creating a wholly new material that holds its form as well as being flexible. The layout of the circle pattern was achieved through custom written code that lays out the circles according to the curvature of the surface. In this way, the aesthetic design is completely derived from the structural design.”
Source [Incredible Things]