Creative Design: Professional

Digital Waves

  • Young-A Lee orcid logo (Auburn University)
  • Yu Li (Auburn University)
  • Han Ah Yoo (Auburn University)


This dress, Digital Waves, is the outcome of our reiterative design experiments to integrate 3D printed textiles with digitally printed traditional fabrics for the wearable product development considering wearability in mind. The 3D printed textiles with ripple auxetic structures were developed using the FDM 3D printer with flexible TPU filaments. The ocean wave inspired surface design was digitally printed with the stiff mesh 100% polyester fabric. With the application of a seamless adhesive joining method and different sewing techniques, we assembled the 3D printed textiles with the digitally printed fabrics, which lead the significant improvement in wearability. By integrating different colors of flexible 3DP filaments with retracted auxetic structures, this dress not only fulfills users’ unique expressive and aesthetic needs but also maximizes their comfort and functionality. The design challenge and solution presented in this dress bring new possibilities for developing 3D printed wearables with the wearability enhancement.

Keywords: 3D Printing, Digital Textile Printing, Wearables, Auxetic Structure Textile

How to Cite:

Lee, Y., Li, Y. & Yoo, H., (2024) “Digital Waves”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
21 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed