The next big thing in 3-D printing is is one step closer to market. ElectroLoom, the world’s first ever 3-D printer of fabric has just launched a Kickstarter campaign and is looking for alpha testers.
Here is what the Electroloom team wrote on their crowd-funding page announcing their innovation:
“Inspired by 3D printers, the maker movement, and accessible design, we set out to build a technology that enables people to design and manufacture clothes from scratch,” the developers behind the Electroloom explained. “And now, after a year and a half of development, we’re ready to find our first set of alpha testers.”
While the Electroloom may borrow from traditional 3-D printing, the process used to create the flexible fabric is actually unique and developed specifically by the Electroloom innovators.
The team explained:
We use an electrospinning process to convert liquid solutions into solid fibers which are then deposited onto a 3D mold. We call this process Field Guided Fabrication, or FGF. Essentially, an internal electric field inside of the machine’s chamber guides fibers onto a 3D shape, where they bond together. Most people say it looks like magic. We tend to agree.
This is what the ‘magic’ looks like (click on the image to see the the fibers fly):
So, far the team has earned $15,000 in backing, and the unique 3-D printed tank tops are quickly selling out.
Photo Credit: Electroloom via Kickstarter