Log in

Register Subscribe
The Home of Textile Innovation

MASSACHUSETTS – Scientists at MIT have developed technology which they claim could be the first step towards printable robots. The prototype 3D printed device which folds itself up immediately once peeled from the printing platform can be stimulated by both heat and immersion in water to create a variety of three-dimensional structures. Researchers claim the self-fold mechanism enables the device to successfully interact with a wider range of textiles and delicate materials.

The researchers’ design centres on a new printer-ink material that expands after it solidifies. Advancements in 3D printer ink for the wearable technologies sector have yielded several recent successes, including the Wyss Institute’s work on ‘stretchable, conductive inks’ for use in wearable technology ranges. Most 3D printer-ink materials contract slightly as they solidify, a limitation which now seems to have been removed from the design process.

Why Subscribe?


Trending Right Now

Weekly e-news bulletin

Latest news direct to your inbox

Interested in advertising?

Simply give us a call

Sales: +44 1977 708488

Or if you prefer email, click on the button below and we'll get back to you asap


Why Subscribe?

Looking beyond the cutting edge of textile innovation allows you to stay well ahead of the competition. That’s exactly what you get through a subscription to T.EVO – which delivers a refreshing new take on the rapid evolution of today’s dynamic textile sector.

Key T.EVO benefits:

You will learn about:

All this from MCL Global – the fastest growing international textile publisher – which can now offer today’s textile industry a unique preview of how today’s industry will look tomorrow.

In print, online and mobile device formats.