Research embeds textiles in 3D printing for functional, flexible parts

Research embeds textiles in 3D printing for functional, flexible parts

Research published by Carnegie Mellon and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has explored the use of a 3D printer to create stronger and more functional textiles. Using an Ultimaker 3D printer , the team 3D prints designs directly onto fabric and, in some cases, embeds fabric in between two layers of 3D printed plastic. The paper detailing the research explains that while 3D printing is currently used to create rigid shapes and objects, there is potential to expand this to the fabrication of “rigid objects with embedded flexibility as well as soft materials imbued with additional functionality .” Gif […]

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