Electroloom Developer Kit is a tool for designing and manufacturing custom 3D fabrics. There is no need for thread, needles, or sewing, users need only some simple CAD skills to design their patterns.
The technology reduces the traditional textile manufacturing process. Instead of sending raw material through factories where it undergoes numerous processing steps, now there is ability to directly convert raw material to finished good.
It is used an electrospinning process to convert liquid solutions into solid fibers which are then deposited onto a 3D mold. This process is called Field Guided Fabrication. An internal electric field inside of the machine’s chamber guides fibers onto a 3D shape, where they bond together.
3D printed material is flexible and light, it’s composed of countless tiny fibers (on the micro and even nano-meter scale), meaning all of your designs are guaranteed to flex, drape, and fold just like fabrics do.
This dev kit launched with alpha units on KickStarter and reached its funding goal of $50.000. The early birds are priced at $4.500, the estimated delivery is on March of 2016.