Okay so maybe this isn’t the exact bunny you want to cuddle with, but it represents the first step towards the ability to 3D print plush toys. The printer was developed by Disney’s research lab and it uses an adhesive felt material which is heated as each layer is drawn. The printer works layer-by-layer, trimming fabric in each layer as it goes. When the extra fabric is peeled away, the result is a carved out-looking bunny, but it is soft and squishy.
Of course, Disney still has a long way to go in development, but their innovation is not just for making huggable toys. The research team explained that these printers can use two fabrics in one job, and is capable of integrating conductive materials (like wiring) into the sheets, which gives this device a much broader range of applications.
Check out the video and some more pics after the break.