A 3D printer operates by interpreting G-code, a set of fundamental instructions that determine various aspects of the printing process. These instructions include regulating the nozzle's heat, its spatial position, the quantity of material extruded, and the speed of movement.
Interestingly, a 3D printer's capabilities extend beyond conventional printing. Through the manipulation of G-code and precise control of these parameters, the printer can accomplish tasks like welding fabric surfaces and even constructing inflatable structures.
The slipper prototype exemplifies the unconventional possibilities of 3D printing. Utilizing just a single G-code, the printer seamlessly welds together four pieces of fabric, incorporates an inflatable inner sole customized to match a foot heatmap, and 3D prints an outer sole.