Fashion and beauty continue to lead the way in producing the most arguably useful applications of 3D printing, like the DIY printer that will knit a sweater for you in less than an hour. Build the printer, design a garment, voilà: clothing. Less fundamentally practical, but still totally wearable, are these bonkers press-on nails from TheLaserGirls.
Produced by New York-based digital artists Sarah C. Awad and Dhemerae Ford in conjunction with Shapeways, the nail sets are priced according to the increasing complexity of the designs. Basic press-ons will set you back about three dollars per hand, while a look involving a dragon’s skull for your middle finger (left, courtesy of TheLaserGirls) costs a little over $35. All the designs come in different sizes and are meant to be worn from 3 to 5 days. The nylon plastic from which they’re printed probably isn’t terribly porous, and at some point your tech-forward nails will need some air.
Given the viability of the nails, we’re hoping Awad and Ford will move into 3D-printed stick on earrings next. That would be the ultimate marriage between our favorite childhood look and the future.