Grain, Emma and Unver, Ertu (2017) Design and Development of 3D Printed Textile Structures. [Show/Exhibition]

3D printing is shaping new business models and is leading the way in rapid prototyping. From Product Design and Engineering and most recently into Fashion and Textiles. This manufacturing revolution poses challenges for conventional business models for example, items to be produced locally, leading to shifts in existing supply chains and global logistics. Advancements in Additive Manufacturing in textiles recently enabled designers to produce 3D printed garments directly from raw material, such as polymer, in a single manufacturing operation. This technology not only has the potential to reduce waste, labour costs and CO2e, but can modernise clothing production by encouraging localised manufacturing and production.
In this research existing 3D Printed structures that could be used for textile&fashion have been identified, compared and analysed in both their physical design, textile like properties and uses. Comparing the structures to each other and the existing traditional textile structures allows the research team to identify areas for improvement and development and potential uses for each type of structure and manufacturing method. This information will inform new 3D printed textile design going forward and can be built on as the technology develops further. As case studies a number of 3D structures designed and developed as new textile structures using 3D various printing machines at the University of Huddersfield incorporating some recycled materials from post-consumer waste polyester.

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