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Eddy Ricami buys ActiveLab for 3D printing embroidery on textiles

Italian specialist will use Voxel8's unique AM technology for new products

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Voxel8, a Boston-area multi-material digital manufacturing company, and Eddy Ricami, a leading Italian manufacturer to the fashion industry, entered an exclusive arrangement for Eddy Ricami to produce and sell high-fashion accessories using Voxel8 technology and ActiveLab system.

ActiveLab lets manufacturers offer unique design embellishments to customers with shorter design cycle and manufacturing lead times. This approach fundamentally transforms how footwear, apparel and accessories are developed and produced, with shorter design and manufacturing lead times. Voxel8’s unique technology and use of polyurethane materials open new AM adoption opportunities, especially for traditional manufacturing companies that would not otherwise embrace AM technologies. Such opportunities emerge clearly in the Eddy Ricami adoption case.

An example of current textile decoration and embroidery capabilities by Eddy Ricami

“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.”

As a specialist in fashion product decorations, Eddy Ricami has been serving the fashion industry for over 20 years by offering exclusive solutions based on its embroidery, digital printing and other manufacturing capabilities. Eddy Ricami has distinguished itself by constant evolution, utilizing the most up-to-date production technologies while maintaining the artisan care of its work. The company’s headquarters in Montecosaro, Italy, along with two other production sites (including one in New York), offers significant production capacity in close proximity to high fashion customers.

Voxel8’s 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 their manufacturing facility in Montecosaro, Italy, Eddy Ricami can respond rapidly to the demands of their high fashion customers — creating high-quality, custom-designed products while eliminating supply chain risks associated with overseas production. In the future, Eddy Ricami customers will be able to realize the potential of personalized designs at virtually no incremental cost.

“Voxel8 technology has gained global commercial traction in athletic and leisure footwear, and we are delighted to expand our reach into the European high fashion market with a distinguished partner such as Eddy Ricami who have built a reputation for innovation and quality,” said Friedrich von Gottberg, CEO of Voxel8. “We look forward to collaborating with our partner to bring the benefits of Voxel8 technology to the fashion industry.”


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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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