By Andrew Loh/BIRN, April 3, 2017 – A growing number of 3D printing technology providers are creating custom embroideries that can be made at home.
But it’s still an expensive process, and it can be a lengthy and time-consuming process.
So how does a 3d printer embroider a pattern on your own clothing?
Here’s a tutorial on how to make an embroiderie for your favorite shirt, jacket, or skirt, and make it for less than $2 per hour.
“The process is fairly straightforward, but there are some things that need to be done,” said Aaron Linnell, who founded 3D Printing Company last year and currently makes embroidering patterns for brands such as Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, and Hanes.
“I’d say for the most part, the process can be completed in one to two hours,” he said.
“The process can also be a little bit time-intensive.”
Linnell said a 3DPrinting machine will work for most embroideried garments, but for certain patterns, such as ones on the lining of clothing, a machine that can embroider will be required.
“You’ll need a 3-D printer,” he explained.
“They’re very powerful, but you’ll need to make sure it’s got a good printer with a high quality extrusion rate, and that it’s compatible with your machine.”
Linthell said it’s possible to print patterns at home, but he recommends waiting until you’ve completed a project to do so.
“If you’re planning to do a long project, like a dress or a suit, you’ll probably want to do it in one piece.
You don’t want to spend $100 or more on a 3DI printer.
If you’re doing a piece of clothing and you’re making a garment, I would say you’re going to want to make it in less than a minute,” he added.
Linnill said that while a machine with an extrusion speed of about 3mm per second (about 0.1 inches per second), will allow you to make embroideric patterns in a matter of minutes, for smaller pieces of clothing or garments that need more fine detail, the machine will need to have a speed of 5mm per seconds (about 1 inch per second).
“For garments that are really simple, you can probably make a print out of about $20.
You can get a printer that prints out 3D prints at a speed that’s around 5mm,” he told BIRN.”
So you can do some really simple embroiderous patterns and then you can print them out for less money than you’d have spent on a machine,” he continued.”
For clothing, if you’re trying to create a pattern that’s something you can wear everyday, it may be better to have the printer print out the pattern first and then put it on your clothes.
You’ll probably be able to get a better printout in less time.”
Linsen said he’d like to see more companies incorporate 3D printable embroiderys into their designs, so that more people can benefit from the technology.
“There are so many people who aren’t going to have access to it,” he stated.
“A lot of these designs, if they’re available online, people will be able get them.
So it’s something we need to work towards.”
As a business, I think it’s great that it can happen, but I think the biggest issue is that it takes time,” he concluded.