Will Flexible Grids Lead to 3D Printed Cloth?

By on May 16th, 2011 in Design, Ideas


Experiments at LMNts Tech Studio are demonstrating the feasibility of printing flexible materials. Using their high-end commercial Objet 3D printer and 3D modeling software, they designed and printed a kind of miniature ball-and-socket joint. 
They linked many of these joints together in a mesh. A Flexible Mesh. 
But wait – isn’t fabric a flexible mesh? It is, just at a much higher resolution. Are the LMNts folks taking some tiny steps toward printing fabric? We think they could be. 
Now we’re imagining yet another category of 3D printed items: clothing. And that’s a pretty big space. 
Via LMNts and Ponoko

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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