Scientists at the Disney Research with Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University has designed and built a new 3-D printer that created objects not with plastic but with fabric.
The cute and fluffy plushies are now in Disney’s hands.
3D printing is growing and there are 3D architectures, food printing and 3D chocolates.
Disney is known to for investing in new technology and digital production but they are also known for taking right decision and not investing in something which is not imaginable and where there are no chances for such technology to evolve.
But this time they are coming out with the revolutionary technology, instead of the company entering into 3D printing with the current technology which uses plastic as they know the technology is developed and working well, much like their current “Vinylmation” collections.
They are entering into 3D printing and have chosen a new technology which produces soft and cuddly objects.
James Jim McCann, co-author of the study said, “We present a new type of 3D printer that can form precise, but soft and deformable 3D objects from layers of off-the shelf fabric. Our printer employs an approach where a sheet of fabric forms each layer of a 3D object.”
The printer works by cutting pieces of fabric into proper shape according to the design and stacking the different shapes to form a 3D object. These shapes are cut loosely leaving the excess fabric and then each layer is left with heat sensitive adhesive. Once the layers are assembled, the objects are heated to bind. After the object is heated extra fabric is cut away.
The 3D printer created a bunny around 2.5 inches tall. The bunny was formed with 32 layers. Each layer is 2-millimeter thick. The whole process took 2.5 hours to print.