3D Printing onto Thermochromics – It GLOWS!!!!

A little something I was experimenting with a wee while ago… I’m hoping to pick this up again soon…

Very pretty results if nothing else.. I really liked the way you could track the nozzle not only by it’s movement and noise but also the heat exchange changing the colour of the surface it was printing onto…

The picture below shows only the nozzle’s track and no polymer yet!


The picture below shows how the yellow polymer glows as the magenta thermochromic dye changes under the heat. It’s a 31 degree magenta thermochromic dye on silk that I printed the polymer onto with the Ultimaker 3D printer.





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About L.Calder

I am a designer maker mainly specialising in the field of textiles and design. I use colour changing and responsive dyes combined with simple electronics to create colourful pieces of work that can change depending on environment and programming. I also work with various materials and imagery to communicate concepts and ideas as well as create artefacts that are engaging and visually stimulating.

4 responses to “3D Printing onto Thermochromics – It GLOWS!!!!”

  1. Emma McCluskey Textile Design says :

    Find this really fascinating, just wondering how you found it 3D printing onto the fabric?

    • L.Calder says :

      Hi Emma,

      Thank you for your comment. It was a bit tricky to be honest and really is a case of trial and error. It was a lovely wee experiment tho. The main difficulty is getting the polymer to adhere to the fabric as it prints.

      • Emma McCluskey Textile Design says :

        Thanks for getting back to me. Managed to print onto some cotton herringbone which seemed to create quite a strong bond but I am going to experiment with some other fabric and see what happens…hopefully something exciting!

  2. L.Calder says :

    Fantastic, I’d love to see your results sometime! Will you blog about it?

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