It is now possible to weave three-dimensionally – in one piece! The 3D weave has many application areas, which vary depending on which technique and materials are used, but can include, for example, car seats with integrated heating – with everything manufactured in a single process. By weaving electrodes into the textile a product could even perform an EEG, i.e. measure brain activity, on premature babies, who have very sensitive skin: This would be a marked improvement on the methods used today for EEG, which are complex, take time to apply and may cause pressure damage to small and sensitive patients. With the help of the soft, springy textile 3D construction, comfortable ‘caps’ could be formed which could monitor a child’s brain activity around the clock.
Researcher: Siw Eriksson