3D Printing + Material Research: Silicone Printing + Textiles

Since early 2015, faculty and research assistants from the Material Matters Research Centre and the cloTHING(s) as Conversation research initiative have been developing a methodology for Liquid Deposition Modelling (LDM). Unlike traditional 3D printing, LDM utilizes materials readily available in a pastes or liquids such as silicone, polyurethane, or clay.

The primary intent while developing this technology has been to print directly onto textile surfaces. This emergent combination of materials and digital processes offers up novel material experimentations, and has many potential applications in design prototyping, wearable technology and garment construction.

What new forms could emerge when traditional textile processes interact with emerging technologies?

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