For his final project at the Royal Academy of Art, this graduate created a 3D weaving machine that can potentially save a life with a single thread.

Nigerian-American industrial designer, Oluwaseyi Sosanya, is a man with a vision and a device that can revolutionize the way we manufacture clothing. His patent-pending 3D Weaver effortlessly weaves fabric into three-dimensional shapes, creating beautifully designed geometric patterned knits that are both innovative and intriguing.

The secret is in the shape: thanks to their auxetic designs, Sosanya’s creations are flexible and strong. Auxetics are interesting materials; when stretched they do not weaken, but instead become thicker perpendicular to the applied force. Thanks to this unique trait, these materials have mechanical properties that include the flexibility of high-energy absorption and the strength fracture resistance. In fact, auxetics are useful in many applications ranging from body armor to sponge mops.

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