Creative Design: Professional

Daring to Sprint: 3D printing textile

  • Lushan Sun (Auburn University)


Since the 3D printing (3DP) technology took off in the textile and apparel industry worldwide in the recent years, an increasing number of designers have been exploring new ways to print wearable material. This design research aims to explore alternative 3DP material for wearable product. Daring to Sprint is inspired by fierce spirit in the athletes and activewear and experiments with specially FDM nylon filament and various 3D modeling approaches. The ensemble consists of a bra top and a pair of compression pants using both compression knit and 3D printed nylon textile. The textile design is digital printed using photographic engineered print techniques. The 3D printed textiles were printed in semi-translucent color and later dip dyed (Rit) in gray and pink to achieve an ombre affect for design cohesion. The findings in this research suggest the great potential in treating 3D printed textile material the similar to traditional fabric in using common sewing techniques in garment construction.

How to Cite:

Sun, L., (2017) “Daring to Sprint: 3D printing textile”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 74(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2017
Peer Reviewed