3D Printable Sensors for Smart Textiles

Martin Günther Gandler, Florian Eibensteiner, Josef Langer

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Wearables are a fast evolving field and consists among other things of electronic parts as well as smart textiles such as conductive or light emitting yarns.The common approach of creating a smart textile sensor is using a piece of conductive or piezo resistive fabric and sew or iron it onto an existing garment, or process the fabric during manufacturing. In this work we develop a novel process that uses a commercially available 3D printer with an electrical conductive and flexible plastic, to print the sensor directly onto the textile and eliminate the sewing process or the use of prefabricated clothing.This paper covers not only the tweaking and printing process of the sensor, but also the test definition and execution to evaluate and characterise the sensor. The novelty of this paper is the imparting of the sensors behaviour, and the way how the properties are measured. The further planned application of this sensor is, e.g., the measurement of the breath rate without an extra pulse belt.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Information and Digital Technologies 2019, IDT 2019
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728114019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
EventInformation and Digital Technologies - Zilina, Slovakia
Duration: 25 Jun 201927 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Information and Digital Technologies 2019, IDT 2019


ConferenceInformation and Digital Technologies
Internet address


  • 3D Printer
  • Conductive Flexible Filament
  • Smart Sensors
  • Smart Textile


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