A Layered Fabric 3D Printer for Soft Interactive Objects

Link to publication page: http://www.disneyresearch.com/publication/a-layered-fabric-3d-printer-for-soft-interactive-objects/

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.

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Fully functional loudspeaker is 3-D printed

Cornell researchers in Hod Lipson’s Creative Machines Lab have 3-D printed a working loudspeaker, seamlessly integrating the plastic, conductive and magnetic parts, and ready for use almost as soon as it comes out of the printer.
It’s an achievement that 3-D printing evangelists feel will soon be the norm; rather than assembling consumer products from parts and components, complete functioning products could be fabricated at once, on demand.

More info at http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2013/12/fully-functional-loudspeaker-3-d-printed

Filabot: Plastic Filament Maker

Make your own 3D printing filament from recycled bottles and other plastic products. Never run out of 3D printing filament.

Find out more on: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rocknail/filabot-plastic-filament-maker

Human Eye Inspires Clog-free Ink Jet Printer Invented by MU Researcher

Clogged printer nozzles waste time and money while reducing print quality. University of Missouri engineers recently invented a clog-preventing nozzle cover by mimicking the human eye. This video is a microscopic view of the nozzle operating.

Find out more on: http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2012/0716-human-eye-inspires-clog-free-ink-jet-printer-invented-by-mu-researcher/

3D printer and living “ink” create cartilage

Lawrence Bonassar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, describes a cutting-edge process he has developed in which he uses a 3D Printer and “ink” composed of living cells to create body parts such as ears.

Crazy!