With the current developments we are experiencing in the additive manufacturing industry, there are a great number of opportunities to create amazing new products and materials. As far as additive manufacturing and the fashion industry are concerned, they are mainly focused on accessories and conceptual sculptural pieces. However, these aren’t functional garments that adapt comfortably to the body and human movement.
Since we aren’t able to 3D print fabrics yet, Loom explores the possibilities of creating wearable 3D printed textiles with structures that are designed in relation to function, anatomy, movement, and utility. The concept applies auxetic patterns which expand under longitudinal strain and contract when compressed. This behaviour gives the patterns various beneficial effects compared to what is seen on the market today. Their added value lies in form, function and their geometric arrangements.
The material of choice was Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) since its properties allow for auxetic behaviour to take place. 3D printing in the fashion industry can be revolutionary and helpful if it is designed with functionality and with the human body in mind. Through this explorative project, Loom proves that 3D printing clothing is more feasible, affordable, adaptable and possible than we think.