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Published on March 31st, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin

The Russian Fashion week showcases 3D printed prosthetics by designer Replyanski

Moscow’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was not just about style this time. We saw a lot of substance and functionality too. Designer Nikita Replyanski and Russian prosthetic manufacturer Motorica showcased their collection of 3D prosthetic arms, all inspired by butterflies and robots. These prosthetics were designed using the Autodesk Fusion 360.

While the Russian fashion week does not arouse the same frenzy and excitement like the Paris Fashion week, it does showcase some spectacular events and stylish designs. The 2017-2018 winter fall collection at the Russian Fashion Week saw the collection of some top designers. One of the Russian designers Nikita Replyanski, an artist who focuses on designing physical and non-virtual items after leaving the computer games, represented 3D prosthetic arms.

Nikita designed these arms which were built in collaboration prosthesis manufacturer Motorica. One of these 3D printed prosthetic arms is at once inspired by technology and has flashing LED lights and crisp-white futurism, while the other one looks like it belongs in a ballet. Priced at a whopping $1700+, these prosthetics are ultra-customizable and are designed to meet specific needs of the users.

Replyanski and Motorica presented these two 3D printed prostheses at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The first, one is a functional, cyborg-inspired prosthesis ($2,500) infused with LED lights and a MIDI synthesizer. Another 3D printed arm was a butterfly-inspired prosthesis ($1,700) which has detachable wings and a matching headgear.

Replyanskiy said that he wanted these differently enabled people to think that their differences are not a disadvantage, but an additional opportunity to experiment with different things. These prosthetics are more like accessories which can be flaunted just like a pair of fashionable shoes or hat.

The designer consulted people with real-life problems before designing these prosthetics. They used the Autodesk Fusion 360 printer. Once the 3D models were complete they were 3D printed by Can-Touch. The fingertips were molded of silicone and all the parts were finally assembled to be worn.

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