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Description:

Snap connectors 3D printed on top of conductive thread traces sewn onto a woven and knit fabric. Both the socket and the stud of the snap are printed out of conductive PLA filament. When snapped together the two traces and snap halves are electrically and mechanically connected. 

Credits: Lara Grant
Year of Invention: 2016

References/Inspirations:

  • 3D printing onto Thermochromics by Lindsay Calder: https://codedchromics.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/3d-printing-onto-thermochromics-it-glows/
  • 3D printed Origami Textiles by Meg Grant: https://vimeo.com/44396648
  • Shirt Circuit DIY Wearable Breadboard Circuits byClement Zheng: https://www.instructables.com/id/Shirt-Circuit-DIY-Wearable-Breadboard-Circuits/
  • Knitted Breadboard by Irene Posch & Ebru Kurbak: http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/knitted-breadboard-and-punchcard/ #
  • 3D printed Connector Using 3DMagic Filament by Rachel Freire (link to come)
  • How to Print onto Fabric: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-3D-Print-Onto-Fabric/

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Materials:

Techniques:

  • Sewing
  • 3D printing
  • 3D modeling

Dimensions (in cm):
8 cm x 8 cm

Photos:

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Gallery of experiments that have led up to design decisions used in the final swatch.

Diagrams :

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Link(s):
Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Conductive-Snap-Fabric/
http://lara-grant.com/project/3d-printing-research/


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