Voxel8, a Boston-area multi-material digital manufacturing company, and Eddy Ricami, an Italian manufacturer for the fashion industry, announced an agreement on an exclusive arrangement for Eddy Ricami to produce and sell high-fashion accessories using Voxel8 technology.
ActiveLab lets manufacturers offer unique design embellishments to customers with shorter design cycle and manufacturing lead times, according to Voxel8.
Voxel8 said its ActiveLab system offers a complete turnkey solution, including hardware, software and materials, for printing functional features on textiles.
"Our technology fundamentally transforms how fashion footwear, apparel and accessories are developed and produced," said Percy Chinoy, director of Business Development at Voxel8. "It enables manufacturers to offer unique design embellishments to their customers with shorter design cycle times, reduced manufacturing lead times and inventory costs, and lowers costs associated with tooling, freight and tariffs."
By establishing the ActiveLab capabilities at its manufacturing facility in Montecosaro, Italy, Eddy Ricami, Voxel8 said, can respond rapidly to the demands of its high fashion customers — creating high-quality, custom-designed products while eliminating supply chain risks associated with overseas production.
"Through our purchase of the ActiveLab system we look to bring new, customized design elements to our customers, leveraging the latest in additive manufacturing technology," said Gianluca Bordoni, CEO and owner of Eddy Ricami. "In our evaluation of 3D printing offerings, we found Voxel8's technology was uniquely positioned for printing on textiles. This is an example of our continued commitment to implementing innovative technical solutions to provide our customers with distinctive products."