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

Snowboarder and double amputee Amy Purdy wore one of Danit Peleg's creations for her dance routine at the event's opening ceremony.

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.
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. 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.