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Credits: Martin De Bie

Year of Invention: 2014

With this sample, i try to combine 3D print and fabric. Last year at the summer camp, i already try to do it but they were to much issues. I made several tries with different kind of fabric, but i always had the same problem the 3D parts doesn’t stick to the fabric or when it does you lost the flexibility of the fabric because if you manipulate it it goes away. Today with the expansion of the 3D print movement with see a lot of new machines but also a lot of new kind of filament and during this last year i discover a lot of them: wood filament, chalk filament, nylon filament… and especially flexible filament. The thing that was almost impossible last year i try to do it now with this flexible filament. The flexibility of this material allow you to keep the 3D part stick to the fabric but it’s to complicate to print it to much issues with the extruder. I continue my experimentations but now i decide to print a shape with holes to sew it on the fabric. In this case i decide to print a structure where i hide a led so the 3D part protect it but play role of diffusion point for the light.

Cotton fabric (large mesh), conductive thread, led, transparent ABS filament.

To realise this sample, first i sew with a sewing machine and conductive thread a simple circuit to power my led with coin cell battery. Next i print my shape to hide the led and i stick everything together.

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