If you’ve ever been stuck for something clean to wear an hour before leaving home, perhaps you should consider 3d print clothes by investing in the Electroloom Mini clothing 3D printer.
After a successful Kickstarter for their professional Electroloom 3D printer last June, the textile printing technology is coming to life. Meaning you’ll be able to 3D print seamless, ready-to-wear garments based on custom 3D geometries. With the Kickstarter complete, the Electroloom team is hoping to get their machines out to their backers, who pre-ordered the product for $4,500 and up.
But, while the company prepares to ship out its first batch of Alpha units, it has also unveiled the Electroloom Mini. It is a clothes 3D printer capable of producing small colored fabrics. The smaller-sized machine can 3D print fibrous and flexible fabric in under 20 minutes. .
How Does the Electroloom 3D Print Clothes?
The mold can be handmade from almost any fabric, designed in 3D CAD modeling software or a 2D graphics program, depending on your skills.
Next, this mold is inserted into the Electroloom 3D printer’s chamber along with the proprietary liquid solution. The process called “FGF” begins and the solution is guided onto the mold by an electric field. The technology works by coating and binding the nano-fibers until the material, which changes from liquid into solid cloth, evenly coats the mold until the task is complete.
Once the process is finished, the complete 3D printed object can be taken out of the machine and your seamless 3D printed clothes will be ready to wear. No sewing required!
When you watch the video, it seems, it seems 3D printed clothes are pretty easy to make. But be aware that the fabric is not knitted in any way – the result look more like felt to us.
Although you may not be able to get your hands on an Electroloom product for quite a while, hopefully by the time the technology becomes more accessible, 3D printed clothes and ball gowns will be a breeze.
Check out the video below of the Electroloom Mini, which demonstrates the process and one of the startup’s colored inks, a process they’ve been working on since their Kickstarter campaign.
What do you think of this technology? Would you wear 3D printed clothes? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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