The textile industry is one of the pioneers in the use of new technologies and innovative products. Additive manufacturing has also recognized this and discovered the textile industry. The first individual design and functionalization of textiles by 3D printing are already successfully presented at trade fairs and events.  

RAPID-TEXTILE.com will combine the two worlds of additive manufacturing and the textile industry. We share our information about trials to print directly on a fabric with different methods from the additive manufacturing. These are technologies like Selective Laser Sintering, Fused Deposition Modeling and print with two components.


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Applications of textiles with additive manufacturing

Printing directly on a textile during textile production

The additive manufacturing steps take place directly on the warp knitting machine and print directly on the textile fabric.

Our existing prototype can be used with different printing technologies.

Steering of the printing system communicates direct with the warp knitting machine and the patterning system.

The printing is stitch and pattern precise, which can be used to bring logos, player names or tapes for muscle support on designed shirt from a jacquard machine or positioned flowers in a lace fabric.

Additive manufacturing can be useful for each of our machine categories.

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

SLS is a well-known process for the additive manufacturing. It is characterized by high-precision components. This exact deposit is indispensable for use in the textile sector.

This technique uses a laser to sinter powdered material (e.g. polyamide) to melt layer by layer together to create a solid structure.
Due to the precise control of the laser, the textile can be specifically printed with components such as eyelets, holders or reinforcements




Especially for our elastic fabrics which are produced with a tension on the knitting machine, we can offer a completely new design possibility by direct printing on the machine.

With printing of  special designs on the textile a 3-dimesional component is created when relaxing.


Next Steps

Next Steps

Our next step will be to use one of these technologies as an industrial process for the textile industrie.

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