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Around 30 speakers including fashion pioneeer Lina Wassong expected at Mind the Progress

Laser cutting and 3D printing instead of needle and thread – Lina Wassong, a designer, engineer, and author uses the creative possibilities of digital manufacturing processes to develop interactive fashion designs and accessories. During Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft’s Mind the Progress digital congress beginning Thursday (May 31) in Hamburg, Wassong will talk about the potential of digital technologies as creative forms of expression. Hamburg News met Wassong for an interview in the run-up to the congress.

Lina Wassong

Hamburg News: Ms. Wassong, why are you now turning to laser cutting and 3D printing instead of needle and thread?

Lina Wassong: The use of digital manufacturing processes allows me to process materials that would have been unthinkable before. CAD files can be created with software to engrave or cut two-dimensional surfaces as in laser cutting or to produce three-dimensional objects as in 3D printing. Digital manufacturing processes now enable every designer to produce personalized and high-quality products. But I am not going entirely without needle and thread yet.

Hamburg News: Which materials do you use?

Lina Wassong: I like to use easy-care materials such as polyester or leather for textiles. These materials can be easily processed with the laser cutter. Meanwhile, 3D printing offers an array of choices. When I make a test print in my studio, it’s PLA (polylactide) filament. If I order the print online, the materials range from plastic and metal to porcelain. Mostly, I resort to a flexible powder print made of nylon.

Hamburg News: What inspires you?

Lina Wassong: I find sources of inspiration in various places. Sometimes my inspiration comes from new electronics that I would like to deal with or interesting machines that I would like to test. At the moment, I find generative design for 3D objects very exciting. These are algorithms that create three-dimensional objects or alter their surfaces.

Hamburg News: In your opinion, what will the fashion of the future look like?

Lina Wassong: So far, digital production processes have not been used frequently in well-known fashion companies. However, this will certainly increase in the haute couture sector in the near future. I doubt whether it will then be available to consumers in shops. Compared to traditional manufacturing processes, 3D printing is still far too time-consuming. On the other hand, customization in the clothing industry will increase significantly.

Hamburg News: Many thanks for the interview, Ms. Wassong.

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Mind the Progress on 31.5. + 1.6. in Hamburg's Oberhafenquartier

Mind the Progress puts content and technology, creativity and digitialisation in relation to each other. Does the form define the content or the content the form? Current and historical approaches mix with visions and utopias of the future. Around 30 local, national and international speakers will give keynotes, lectures and/or take part in panels. An artistic and technical supporting programme is also being held. More information and registration details can be found on

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