Disney Research unveils “new type of 3D printer” that can print soft, flexible objects

Disney Research unveils “new type of 3D printer” that can print soft, flexible objects

In a recently-released blog post, Disney Research has unveiled a “new type of 3D printer” which has the capability to print soft as well deformable objects using layers of off-the-shelf fabrics.

Noting that the new 3D printer developed by the company can print soft and flexible objects, Disney Research said in the blog post that the 3D printing approach used by the printer essentially enables a sheet of fabric to form each layer of a 3D object.

According to the details shared in the blog post, the new Disney Research 3D printer cuts the sheet of fabric “along the 2D contour of the layer using a laser cutter and then bonds it to previously printed layers using a heat sensitive adhesive.”

Disney Research’s description of the new kind of 3D printer implies that though the printer basically works in the same way as a normal 3D printer, it is capable of using fabric rather than plastic or metals.

As such, while most 3D printers currently available on the market are designed to "print" materials onto specific points, the use of fabric by Disney Research’s 3D printer requires it to use an alternate technique, which imitates sewing and layering of fabrics.

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