A novel 3D printing project launched on Kickstarter
late last week creates sheets of polyester cotton and other fabrics using an electric
A user creates a template by hand or in a CAD program. Solutions
are converted into fibres by electro-spinning, which are guided onto the template
by “an internal electric field”.
The San Francisco, California-based team calls the
process “Field Guided Fabrication” or FGF.
The Electroloom’s Kickstarter claims the process “reduces the traditional textile
manufacturing process into a single step.
“Instead of sending raw
material through factories where it undergoes numerous processing steps to
create a traditional textile, we are able to directly convert raw material to
The team behind the project is currently using a custom
polyester-cotton solution, and are working with silk and acrylic blends.
They are currently offering alpha test versions of their machines via Kickstarter for $US 4,500 (and accepting smaller pledges in exchange for FGF created items).