The scientists of A.N. Kosygin State University, Russia have developed a 3D printing technology for the fashion industry specifically geared for the fashion industry.
According to the information released by the university, the scientists have opted for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process to develop this 3D printing technology that uses a continuous filament of a thermoplastic material – polyurethane.
The new technology melts polyurethane and it forms the designed product as the properties for the polyurethane in the melted state allow the polymer threads to stick together.
The print-head moves with computer control in order to define the shape of the printed garment.
It’s worth mentioning here that it was quite difficult to print woven fabric from individual fibres using this technology previously but this newly developed technology claims to print woven fabric too.
The developers have also done a cost comparison and said, “The cost of using FDM is approximately US $ 0.92 cents, while the same in case of the use of 3D laser is US $ 66 for the 10 cm X 10 cm size of fabric sample.”
The new 3D print technology aims at boosting domestic manufacturing and bringing back the jobs for the people associated with middle-class and to have better quality control on the garments.