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3d printed swatch

Credits: Rachel Freire
Year of Invention: 2017

Experimentation with 3D printing to create bonded seams between regular and printed stretch fabrics and how this can connect to conductive traces and garments. The intention is to eventually create 3D printed panels for pockets and traces which can be printed in slices to create volume.
Printed on a Makerbot Rep2 as they are reasonably accessible and can be easily modified for stretch and conductive filament.

work in progress images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelfreirestudio/albums/72157680164823752
related eTextile connectors: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelfreirestudio/albums/72157682001847945

Credit: Andreas Bastian, mesh design http://a360.co/2pEgkJn
Inspiration: Lara Grant swatch exchange 2017: http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/conductive-snap-fabric/
Lara Grant’s How to 3D print onto fabric: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-3D-Print-Onto-Fabric/

A continuation of project Second Skin (swatch exchange 2016): http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/second-skin/
Second Skin: An Exploration of eTextile Stretch Circuits on the Body: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3025054
Second skin work in progress: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelfreirestudio/albums/72157672844768976



  • powernet
  • TechnikTex P130 by Statex
  • Bemis 3415 fusing in 2mm thickness
  • ninjaflex semiflex
  • 7mm snapets


  • 3D printing
  • 3D modelling
  • bonding


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