3D printing comes into its own

August 10th, 2020

New collaborations sparked by COVID-19 are set to support growth for the sector. by Seshadri Ramkumar The shortage of personnel protective equipment (PPE) has spearheaded creative efforts around the world, with researchers working to produce new PPE products in an effort to meet the needs fueled by the pandemic. 3D printing has also supported the […]

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Changing the subject

August 10th, 2020

by Janet Preus Do you find that every conversation either starts or ends with one of two subjects: the pandemic or politics? Or both? It’s understandable that those of us in the textile industry would be preoccupied with addressing the needs of a world crisis, created by this insidious virus called COVID-19. Textiles have had, […]

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Myant and STOLL unveil Digital Textile Factory

June 8th, 2018

STOLL, a German 3D knitting machinery company, and Myant Inc., a Canadian textile computing company, have announced the launch of their Digital Textile Factory. A recent article in Printed Electronics World reports that the collaboration weaves together STOLL's 140-plus years of 3D knitting expertise with Myant's proprietary biometric sensing and actuation technology. The digital factory […]

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Adidas Futurecraft 4D uses 3-D printed midsole

March 8th, 2018

“When a footwear innovator like adidas approaches a company that’s never made shoes, the industry takes notice,” says an article in Sourcing Journal. The footwear brand relied on Carbon Inc., a firm that marries molecular science to 3-D manufacturing, to help develop a new adidas sneaker. Engineers and designers at adidas set out to use liquids for the new […]

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Interactive garment responds to another’s gaze

January 22nd, 2016

An interactive, 3D-printed wearable has been developed that can detect the gaze of another person and respond accordingly with life-like behavior. The developers of “Caress of the Gaze” say it opens the possibility of a radical new approach to interactive clothing, inspired by nature and the behavior of human skin. Our skin expands, contracts and […]

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Printed Electronics USA focuses on top trends

November 20th, 2015

An article by Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, has identified what they say are the top trends, and the ones on which their Printed Electronics USA 2015 event focuses. Wearable technology is right at the top of their list, specifically, as a strong driver for the development of stretchable electronics, which enables devices that can […]

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Adidas unveils 3D-printed performance footwear

November 12th, 2015

Adidas has unveiled the Futurecraft 3D performance footwear, featuring a unique 3D-printed running shoe midsole that can be tailored to the cushioning needs of individual feet. The 3D concept is part of the Futurecraft series, an initiative that places open-source collaboration and craftsmanship at the heart of design to drive innovation across all elements of […]

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3D printing and the future of textile products

November 6th, 2015

“We have met a point of diminishing returns [in advanced textiles], especially for millenials, Michael Chalmer Dunn says. “They don’t care if clothing is warmer, lighter, etc.—we’ve gone as far as we need to. Enter … wearable technology.” Dunn, a manufacturing and management consultant, spoke on the topic, “The future of 3D printed textiles: disruptive […]

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Leaf-inspired design reduces a car’s weight

August 7th, 2015

Inspired by 3D printing, sportswear fabric and a common leaf, EDAG Engineering AG, a German engineering firm in the automotive industry, has developed the EDAG Light Cocoon concept car. The company brought the striking vehicle to the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015 to illustrate how biometric design could reduce a sports car’s weight by […]

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Finnish cellulose project enters second phase

June 19th, 2015

Research to develop new biomaterial applications within the Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) 2.0 project has entered its second phase. The effort is coordinated by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., an Espoo-based research and technology company. Textile applications, such as 3D printing of cellulose, are being developed […]

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