“Don’t worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it”

Alan Kay

This sentence was expressed at the Palo Alto Research Center in California, one of the places where it was imagined the future in which we are living, from a pioneer of computer science.

In our headquarters in Nibionno, we are always looking for new experiments that can expand the boundaries of 3D printing, applying our printers to little beaten paths, rugged, twisty roads, perhaps uncomfortable, but that could ensure, at the end of the journey, a greater satisfaction, satisfaction for, using the words of Alan Kay, “have invented our own future”.

Because of that, we tried to print on fabric, trying to integrate what for long time was the core business of “Made in Brianza”, weaving, with 3D printing, working on cotton and by printing with TPU (stay tuned!), achieving a remarkable result, clean and of high quality.

The technique used was that we renamed “dressFFF”. In fact, natural fabrics (cotton in this case) differently from artificial tissue does not melt unti 300°, allowing the extruded material – at a temperature of 240° – to have an optimal engagement, strong and durable.

Important is to well adhere without creasing the surface on which you want to print to the glass plate of Sharebot NG and Kiwi Sharebot-3D, so that the press is lying close to the fabric. We recommend you use a part of the fabric of “bad use” to make the settings and then replace this piece with the final fabric on which you want to print.

The boundaries that still 3D printing offers have not been explored yet and Sharebot doesn’t want to remain on the side-lines waiting, our established objective is to test in first instance new avenues of development for this technology.

 

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