Disney’s New 3D Printer Prototype Makes Huggable Things Out Of Fabric Instead Of Hard Plastic

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We’ve seen lots and lots of 3D printers over the last few years, and they almost all have one thing in common: the objects they print are hard* and mostly rigid.

(* well, except for this printer that prints edible objects out of mulched bananas…)

What if you wanted to print something soft instead? Something you can hug, or snuggle with, or hand to your kid without fear of them jabbing it in their eye?

Disney is on it.

Built by Disney’s research lab along with researchers from Cornell and CMU, this 3D printer isn’t like most printers we’ve come to know. It’s neither extruding melted material (like a Makerbot) or blasting a tub of goo with UV light to precisely solidify it (like a Form1). In fact, it’s as much a laser cutter as it is a 3D printer.

The machine builds the object up layer by layer…

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