3D weaving

24th June 2014

Although 3D weaving has been around for a while, the meeting of 3D printing and weave structures is a new take on the idea.

Recent graduate Oluwaseyi Sosanya from Industrial Design Engineering at the RCA has invented a machine that relies on a similar layering process to 3D printing, but adds an extra step of coating with silicone to maintain the structures.

The Structure of Protection project was inspired by Sosanya looking at traditional weaving structures and re interpreting them into 3D. Using cotton, wool and paper threads the machine feeds yarn through two tubes and wraps it around a pre defined shape of vertical poles that act as a vertical warp.

What is interesting about this project is that he has researched how different machines work such as the industrial knitting machine and sewing machines and he has combined this with the workings of the 3D printer.

To demonstrate the capabilities of his materials he has collaborated with a shoe designer to make a flexible and 3D woven/printed sole and aims to work on future materials as his project evolves.

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