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Anouk Wipprecht

Country: Travels and lives around the world

Specialty: Combining technology and fashion material

Experience: +10 years

Profession: Fashion tech designer

Favorite tool: Dremel 3000

Fashion and technology. At a first glance they seem opposites of each other. When you look at the creations made by Anouk you can see they go hand-in-hand. Anouk makes extraordinary fashion that responds to the wearer and the environment. The Dremel Multi-Tool is her favorite tool to work with the 3D-print.


The Spider Dress is a digital dress with technology by INTEL that attacks when you come to close to the wearer’s personal space. Pretty (&) scary! Anouk’s dresses are a combination of fabrics, electronics, software, microcontrollers and 3D-prints. She mixes and matches all sorts of techniques and tools, including Dremels tools.

Anouk has made several intelligent fashion projects next to the Spider Dress. For instance the Smoke Dress which shrouds the wearer in a cloud of smoke when she is feeling shy. Or the Cocktail Dress that makes a mean gin & tonic, and the wearable ‘Agent Unicorn’ that helps children with ADD to focus.


In the following video’s Anouk shows several stages of a project. She shows how to work on electronics with VersaTip. But, safety first, Anouk style!


Why is it important to pre-drill? 3D-printed materials from a 3D40 can be fragile. Therefore Anouk pre-drills a smaller hole to avoid cracking the plastics. Afterwards she uses the right size to finish the drilling neatly.

HOW-TO: How to improve 3D-prints

After you have 3D-printed your design it is often not ready for in its final use. We’ll show you step-by-step how to finish 3D-prints with a Dremel Multi-Tool by sanding off imperfections.

STEP 1 – Removing unnecessary parts of a 3D-print

3D-prints often have supports in the design that make sure they don’t fall over during printing. After the print is done they must be removed. Anouk uses a thin cutting wheel of 0.75mm to remove the supports. By keeping the rotation of the Multi-Tool at a medium speed she maintains maximum grip without melting the plastic.

STEP 2 – Grinding 3D-prints

After the excess plastic is cut away, Anouk uses several different Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stones to remove the last pieces of excess plastic. She also uses the grinding stones to smoothen out the surface of the 3D-print. Hint: the different Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stones come in all sorts of sizes to suit your project’s needs.

STEP 3 – Smoothing out 3D printed material

To smoothen 3D-printed material to perfection Anouk uses the Sanding Band which is available in several different grits, smooth and coarse. After the Sanding Band you can use the Finishing Abrasive Buffs to make the material extra-smooth.


More inspiration?

Check out other Dremel makers for more tips & tricks, step-by-step information and inspiration. Look at Daan Borsje for example, who builds custom bikes. Do you want to know how to strip a motorcycle frame with Dremel tools? Daan shows you the works!