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Researchers 3D Print Textile Fibers That Turn Movement Into Energy

Chinese researchers have developed a new one-step 3D printing process to create electronic threads for e-textiles. These will harvest and store electricity on fabrics while making wearable technology less cumbersome. Researchers from the Tsinghua University in China are working on making wearable tech more user-friendly and less cumbersome by developing fabrics with electronic threads. The new process developed by professor Yingying Zhang and her research team involves a one-step 3D printing process which is used to print flexible electronic fibers onto textiles. She explains: “Generally, the attachment of rigid and bulky electronic on textile will deteriorate the breathability and flexibility of textiles, leading to a poor wearing comfort. One way to alleviate this problem is to develop flexible functional fibers in a textile.” The team uses a 3D printer with a coaxial needle. The needle draws patterns onto fabric using core-sheath fibers and the textile can […]

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