3D Printing Flexible Textile Structures

The DREAMS Lab together with Negar Kalantar and Alireza Borhani have collaborated on researching Flexible Textile Structures with 3D Printed fabrics. Flexible textile structures is an exploration into printed fabrics. The prototypes were generated by Rhino, Grasshopper and SolidWorks CAD softwares and fabricated with two additive manufacturing approaches, Powder Bed Fusion Process and Fused Deposition Modeling Process. The main design goal is designing a fabric that has both flexibility and rigidity. The fabric can be easily manipulated into a fixed shape due to interference among the links of the printed textile. This research has potential applications in several domains such as medical, textile and fashion industries.

Participating in the 3D Printshow at NYC

The group has been invited to attend and present the result of research at the 3D Printshow and involve in a very high profile panel discussing material development in the field of 3D printed and computational fashion in New York in February 12-15. 3D Printshow brings together the biggest names in 3D printing technology alongside the most creative, exciting and innovative individuals using additive processes today.

ICAT sponsored the team for attending the New York 3D Printshow since the research was aligned with the mission of ICAT to promote new trans-disciplinary research domains that transcend institutionalized boundaries between science, engineering, art, and design.

Pictures of the Virginia Tech booth at 3D PrintShow New York

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Members: 
Name Department College
Dr. Christopher Williams Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering
Negar Kalanatar School of Architecture + Design College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Alireza Borhani School of Architecture + Design College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Collaborative Colleges: 
Architecture & Urban Studies
Engineering