"Check if your material is sewable" and if not, then make holes in it. The technique of 3D sewing described here is basically about using a soft line (thread) to hold together hard planes (sheets of acrylic). Making holes in hard materials to make them "sewable" is nothing new. Think of sewing on buttons or stringing beads into a necklace. But what other materials can we make holes in? What 2-dimensional shapes can we sew together to 3-dimensional objects?
This Instructable shows an example of lasercutting acrylic rings with holes and then sewing these together with thick cotton thread. The tension of the thread defines the curvature of the object.
Some other examples of 3D sewing include:
- this gear box made for Dangerous Lashes
- this handle with integrated circuit of the Ohm Hook
- this hanging basket sewn using Rings with Rope