Research Project; Constructing Strings
Researcher: Roos Meerman
Speciality: Product Design, Fabric
Department/City: Product Design, Arnhem
During her research Roos Meerman has focused on experimenting with relatively new machines as laser cutters and 3D printers.
By modifying them in an innovative way, she has managed to push the limits of application of these machines. She demonstrates new possibilities of 3D printing or even a new form of production.
One of her projects is the modification of a 3D printer in order to construct objects from organic materials, like wool, instead of the usual plastics, the material the 3D printer was originally designed for.
With this project she has presented newer and more sustainable methods for the use of the 3D printer. Here you can see a range of experiments and product trials from her research, which illustrate the new application.
To be able to build up the object with yarn, the yarn will have to be fastened. First , Roos has reconstructed the plastic extruder to enable it to process yarns. By guiding particular parts of the yarn through UV-curable adhesive, these parts can be glued onto each other.
The UV-light ensures that the glue hardens quickly and the next layer can be applied immediately. By gluing parts of the yarn or changing the amount of glue on the yarn, objects can be made that are partly soft and firm.
The first textile printing machine experiment.
The first 3D-printing-machine prototype with the UV-glue construction.
The final Fabric-extruder prototype.
A shoe constructed from one thread
By means of this technique, it is possible to build up a shoe out of one textile yarn. The sole is built up from a fully glued yarn. Then the upper part is built up. The yarn is glued in a particular pattern, where parts are left unglued. When you put on the shoe, you can pull the network of threads up around your foot. Then you fix it with a lace.
A combination of 3D printing with plastic and 3D printing with textile
Plastic is used to print the heel of the shoe. A slightly flexible plastic offers the strength and comfort of the heel. The soft fabric of the upper part is glued on the surface of the plastic heel and provides a comfortable, soft shoe.