Composites manufactured efficiently

January 1st, 2023

At the Advanced Textiles Conference in October in Charlotte, N.C., Anil Kircalianli, head of automation for Orbital Composites (OC), discussed the important role of textiles as a driver for sustainability, particularly in footwear design. Kircalianli argued that the company’s use of 3D printing and robotic manufacturing has created a more sustainable and efficient means of […]

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Textiles and 3D technology

December 1st, 2020

Produced through the 3D printing process known as solid deposit modeling (SDM), Nike’s Flyprint shoes were designed to help distance runners achieve peak performance. The company has been 3D printing textile uppers for its Flyprint shoes since 2018. Photo: Nike. 3D printed textiles can be viable in the industry.  by Kony Chatterjee and Tushar K. […]

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Soul-shifting fashion

June 1st, 2019

Fashion designer Iris van Herpen is known for pushing boundaries. The Amsterdam-based designer exploits symbiotic relationships, using highly technical methods, including 3D printing and laser cutting, to create expansive, even tumultuous designs that seem to flow from her imagination. For her latest collection, Shift Souls, van Herpen found inspiration in celestial cartography, Japanese mythology and […]

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Fabric banners, signage and displays help guide visitors—and are getting smarter all the time.

February 1st, 2019

Advances in digital and interactive technologies are heralding a new era in museum graphics, banners and signage, creating opportunities for the printed banner industry from conventional signage printing markets to crossover areas such as interactive displays. A combination of factors is contributing to this: We are seeing incremental improvements as well as new developments in […]

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Disney Research develops fabric 3D printer

April 29th, 2015

Layers of soft fabric create flexible 3D objects. Disney Research, a network of research labs that collaborate with academic institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University, has developed a new type of 3D printer that can form precise, yet soft and flexible 3D objects. Instead of hard plastic, a sheet of fabric forms […]

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