3-D Printed Dress Made by Israeli Designer Wows at Paralympics

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Amputee Amy Purdy dances with a robot during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.
Amputee Amy Purdy dances with a robot during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.Credit: Mauro Pimentel, AP

An American athlete’s dance routine during the Paralympics’ opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, included both a robotic dancing partner and a 3-D printed dress made by an Israeli designer.

During Wednesday’s high-tech-themed performance, Amy Purdy, a bronze-medalist snowboarder and double amputee, wore a dress created by Danit Peleg.

It took Peleg 120 hours to make Purdy’s beige geometric-patterned dress, which she printed at home.

Paralympian Amy Purdy perform a dance with robotic arm at Paralympics opening ceremony.Credit: YouTube

“The whole segment is on technology,” Peleg said of the performance, according to The Times of Israel. “Using technology, Amy can dance on two feet. And she dances with a robot and in a dress that came out of a kind of robot. That all works together in a kind of organic way.”

Peleg’s graduation project for Tel Aviv’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, a fashion collection produced entirely at home using a 3-D printer, earned her international media coverage last year.

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