3D Printing Wired Fabric Objects

Soft, deformable, 3D objects are created by laser cutting 2D sheets of fabric, then bonding them together with heat sensitive adhesive. Special sheets of conductive fabric can be included as needed to create electronic capabilities. The end product is soft, flexible, interactive objects.

A Layered Fabric 3D Printer for Soft Interactive Objects

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We present a new type of 3D printer that can form precise, but soft and deformable 3D objects from layers of off-the-shelf fabric. Our printer employs an approach where a sheet of fabric forms each player of a 3D object. The printer cuts this sheet along the 2D contour of the layer using a laser cutter and then bonds it to previously printed layers using a heat sensitive adhesive. Surrounding fabric in each layer is temporarily retained to provide a removable support structure for layers printed above it. This process is repeated to build up a 3D object layer by layer. Our printer is capable of automatically feeding two separate fabric types into a single print. This allows specially cut layers of conductive fabric to be embedded in our soft prints. Using this capability we demonstrate 3D models with touch sensing capability built into a soft print in one complete printing process, and a simple LED display making use of a conductive fabric coil for wireless power reception.

“A Layered Fabric 3D Printer for Soft Interactive Objects-Paper” – [disneyresearch.com]

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