Disney Research has this month unveiled a new fabric 3D printer they have created that is capable of creating objects made from soft materials that are constructed in layers similar to that used by traditional 3D printers using plastic.
The unique 3D printer uses fabric rather than PLA, ABS, or other filaments and is presented to the printer on a roll, with each layer then being cut and stacked on to of the last.
Watch the video below to learn more about this innovative new 3D printer and see how it creates the fabric bunny from the picture above.
“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.“
For more information on the new fabric 3D printer created by Disney Research jump over to the official paper penned by Huaishu Peng (of Disney Research Pittsburgh and Cornell University), Jen Mankoff (of Carnegie Mellon University), Scott E. Hudson (of Disney Research Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University), and James McCann (of Disney Research Pittsburgh) website for details via the link below.