Over the past few years, 3D printing has become more common and companies are turning to this technology as it is an effective way of manufacturing products. Disney has recently been tinkering with this technology and conducting experiments, which has led to the creation of a printer that can print flexible and soft products, like that of stuffed animals and the possibility of clothing in the future.
While a paper published by Disney only reveals the idea in concept, the process that it would go through to achieve this would be relatively simple. Interestingly, this would be one of the most-advanced concepts, and would completely revolutionize the way things like stuffed toys are made. 3D printing has come a long way over the course of the last several years. However, previous models utilized plastic instead of other materials like fabric.
This developing technology has cleared some of the arguments that 3D printing with plastic has limited practical applications by using another ingredient to create something new. However, expanding the number of raw materials that can be used in the 3D printing process is incredibly beneficial. No longer are we talking about just using hard plastics. Instead, we’re talking about using fabric, a softer material – and who knows what that could lead to in the future.
The real opportunity here is expanding on something that is quickly becoming mainstream. That’s not to say that this is going to make a 3D printer common in every house, but it will do a lot to actually innovate the world around us and really that’s what this is all about. Disney is innovating in an arena that typically only big tech companies are innovating.