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A research on printing Colback yarn on Colback nonwoven.

Continuously revolving plastic

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Project overview 

Project overview 

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3D printed panels of Colback ‘A research on printing Colback yarn on Colback nonwoven’ Rick Tegelaar is enthusiastic about experimenting with materials in different contexts by looking at them from a new perspective and finding out about their potential by developing new ways of working with them. This often involves developing new tools and techniques, or linking materials and techniques from different fields.

Since the Colback material was new to the designer he first wanted to learn about the material. Through pragmatic experiments and theoretical research, Rick discovered the capability of Colback to be 3D printed exceptionally well. Rick Tegelaar customized the FDM (Fused deposition modeling) printing process for Colback yarns. The self-made machine stretches over 2 meters which enables tests on a decent scale. 

The designer also developed a custom printing head to process the Colback yarn and place it on the Colback nonwoven fabric in a very controlled way. The Colback yarn consist of bicomponent filaments. By only melting the outer polypropylene skin of the Colback® yarn the PET (Polyethylene) core remains unaffected and keeps its strength. Rick Tegelaar has developed and customized this technique to create reinforcements, to add rigidity and create tensional strength. The technique can also be used to add a graphic layer on the Colback nonwoven to enhance its aesthetic appearance.

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The bi component Colback yarn is a great raw material for 3D printing because of the yarn’s unique skin - core composition.

This translucent qualities of the material and the revolving process got her thinking of ghosts.

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Meet the designer

Meet the designer

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Name
Rick Tegelaar

Product
3D printed panels of Colback
Various panels showing the qualities of 3D printed Colback

Materials used
Colback® PFW 100
Colback® PFG 80
Colback® PWD 40
Colback® PFB 90
Colback® yarn

Tecniques used
Custom printing technique for Colback yarn, Laminating

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