3D Printing on Fabric - Hexagon / Triangle Pattern Test

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3D Printing on Fabric - Hexagon / Triangle Pattern Test by UncleJessy Feb 9, 2018
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These are some very basic geometric shapes that were made quickly in Tinkercad as a test for how you can directly print on fabric.

This is a really cool and easy project to do.

  1. Print the file
  2. Pause the printer at about the 2nd or 3rd layer
  3. Secure down some Tulle fabric http://amzn.to/2sqeroL
  4. Resume printing

If you're using simplify3d you can also insert this code into the additional terminal commands to have the printer stop at the 3rd layer, move the print head out of the way for your to secure the fabric, then allow you to resume printing

{REPLACE "\n; layer 3, Z = " "; layer 3\nG28 Y0 X0\nM300\nM25\nG92 E0\nG28 Y0 X0\n; layer 3 "}

I first saw this concept from Shorey Designs - Make sure to checkout his instagram page

Here is a video of the entire process showing you how it's done

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CR-10 Mini










Try not to move the bed or print head when securing the fabric to the bed.

You should be able to experiment with other fabrics as well

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Made in tinkercad.com with very very basic geometric shapes in patterns.

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I love this idea, so creative. Well done!

It would be cool to print in white or nylon and also embed some addressable LEDs during the print. If it diffused properly, it could look pretty cool.

This, i love this idea. Should be easy enough with some 5050 smd leds, just leave a space in the first handfull of layers to slot the smd into maybe.

I imagine something like the Flora Neopixel would be best if a bit expensive;


Pause the print halfway through and place in the neopixel, then finish the print to enclose it. Tricky part would be finding the best way to run power and data to each one. Probably conductive thread would be good.

Very cool. I like it better than the previous types where they made a 3d printed gown that was done with hexagon tiles. The gown was fragile.

Very nice!!! I will try it!!!

This is a simple yet brilliant idea. I'm betting I could use this in scenery as well as clothing..well done you!

I would be amazed to see what you could do with something like this.

This is awesome! I could use this in my studio classes in so many ways.

Nice! Have fun with it!

I'd just read today's (Mar. 7, 2018) blog on sparkfun.com about DIY "wearable" electronic components. When I saw this, I instantly wondered about the possibility of using electrically conductive plastic and/or incorporating some conductive threads... just tossing it out there as "food for thought"...

Or litle electronic cases with leds and sensors in them :-)

I recently used your technique (came across your video on YouTube) for a similar print, a Penrose tiling on tulle fabric. Still working on some variations on this.


Penrose tiling on fabric

Awesome! Thanks for sharing

Thanks for sharing.
It´s a great idea.

What kind of filament did you use?

PLA - Filamentum Vertigo Grey i believe, I also used Matterhackers Builder Series PLA. Links were in the video i posted as well

Love this idea, thanks so much for sharing!
My inner seamstress couldn't help giggling a bit at "tullie"... since it's pronounce "tool." Good 'ol french. I heard that one a lot when I worked in a fabric store haha
I think this would be great to try on chiffon as well, which would be a sturdier and more opaque base, but probably still porous enough for printing. Or organza if you want it to be stiffer.

Oops came back to say that looks like what the original one was printed on, organza. It would still be nice to try chiffon tho.

I absolutely love it when there’s new hacks or ideas that completely reboost your brain about printing. When I seen this on your channel and seen you post it here I knew it was something that should get as many views as it can! Thanks for sharing and giving the back story and really hope it leads to even more ideas like this!

Very cool! The hex pattern made me chuckle because I just finished up a similar pattern yesterday:


Bioshock Diorama Base
by Zeiram

Nice! I was actually thinking Mass Effect for some reason when putting that pattern together

Love your YouTube vids. Never thought of printing on fabric. Definitely a great idea. :)

Thanks! Its a really fun and easy project to try

Really cool idea. Thanks for sharing the concept and giving credit to the original source. :)

Fo Sho... thought it was so cool when I first saw it