Disney made a 3D fabric printer that can put tech into dolls
invented a 3D printer that cuts layers of fabric with a laser, then adheres them together in layers to make soft and flexible fabric models, essentially dolls. The allure of the printer isn’t its speed, but the control you have over the model’s flexibility. By scoring or cutting certain interior layers of the model’s fabric, you can control the direction the model “wants” to bend and have it resist being manipulated in the opposite direction. If you’re making a toy of a human, for example, the doll could bend forward at the waist more easily than backwards. If you’re making costuming or decortion for clothing, the fabric could bend at the joint of the body but hold its shape elsewhere.