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Can cotton be used for 3D printing?

Published: 
August, 2016

CRDC’S Cotton Futures program seeks to transform the industry by supporting blue-sky research through innovative projects. The CRDC Cotton Rapid Customisation Feasibility study, conducted by QUT’s Dr Jared Donovan and Dr Rafael Gomez, is one such project.

The study explored the feasibility of using cotton-derived materials for rapid customisation. ‘Rapid customisation’ is a way of creating physical products from digital design files through computer-controlled manufacturing. The most well-known is 3D printing. The project sought to discover whether materials derived from cotton could be used for 3D printing, and if so, what the best combination of 3D printing and cotton derived materials would be. For the outcomes, download this fact sheet.