A typical print takes eight to fourteen hours in Electroloom’s current prototype. Foley says the time is directly related to the number of nozzles spraying solution on to the contained metal (or spray-painted cardboard) template. Each nozzle can only spray a miniscule amount of solution at a time for the fiber extraction method to work, so adding more is the easiest way to reduce print times.
The team’s Kickstarter campaign recently surpassed its funding goal, meaning early adopters should have their own printers by March 2016.
Just selling printers isn’t the team’s end game, however. They freely admit that they’re approaching the market with backgrounds in engineering and science, and need feedback from users with experience in fashion to know how else they can improve their printer to make it broadly useful in the creation of garments.
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