Disney’s Concept 3D Printer Makes Soft Plush Toys

July 29, 2015 at 12:53 PM

When we think of 3D printing we usually think of solid objects, but the folks at Disney Research decided to try something else.

A Layered Fabric 3D Printer for Soft Interactive Objects

This conceptual (yet working) printer uses off the shelf fabric, laser cutters and a “heat sensitive adhesive” to bring it all together. Not only that, it weaves conductive fabric into the process to turn the toy into an interactive input device.

Disney's 3D printed soft fabric toy

Disney’s 3D printed soft fabric toy

The applications are no doubt numerous. In Disney’s case for example you could imagine a subscription service where they send families new characters on a regular basis.

I was also surprised to find out that Disney has not just one, but six research labs.

Even if everyone doesn’t end up having one of these in their home, the implications of this technology for stocking retail stores and supply chains in general are tremendous.