The typical, consumer-grade 3D printer creates objects done of skinny layers of stiff, crisp cosmetic fused together. Of course, tough cosmetic isn’t ideal for all projects, so that’s because researchers from Disney, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon Univeristy have grown a new 3D-printing technique that creates objects out of layers of felt.
Disney’s fabric 3D copy routine starts by holding a 3D indication of an object, and “slicing” into printable layers—a standard partial of a 3D copy process. Next, a printer laser-cuts shapes out of glue fabric that conform to a sliced layers, afterwards transfers that covering onto a printer’s build platform. It afterwards relates feverishness to any covering to “activate” a fabric’s adhesive.
The printer repeats this routine to cut, stack, and belong any covering until it completes a model. TechCrunch characterizes a printer as being “as most a laser knife as it is a 3D printer.” The outlay is a bit rough, yet it’s an considerable routine nonetheless.
Seeing as this is a investigate project, we shouldn’t design to be means to squeeze a fabric-based 3D printer any time soon. If we would like to 3D-print a soft, soft object, though, we can contention your 3D indication to Shapeways and have it printed regulating that company’s Elasto Plastic material.