Effective design strategies for 3D printing textile clothing and footwear uppers PhD

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
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Start date:
October 2017
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Application deadline:
October 2017



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Project detail

Loughborough Design School is arguably a world-leading centre for 3D printed textile research. Previous Loughborough research has addressed the design of 3D printed textiles, the generation of their 3D manufacturing data, high-performance and traditional applications and their fundamental physical properties/characteristics.  Academic and industrial (Fashion/Apparel/Footwear) interest in 3D printed textiles has increased significantly during the previous five years and has resulted in various, limited examples of 3D printed garments. These have included examples of haute couture (London and Paris fashion week), swimwear and footwear. The increasing interest stems directly from the design freedom of Additive/3D Printing technologies and the unique opportunity to produce full finished, net-shaped garments directly from raw material in a single manufacturing operation. The aim of the research is to investigate design strategies and 3D data generation for the manufacturing of 3D printing clothing and footwear uppers.

This research will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Guy Bingham and Dr. Abby Paterson of Loughborough University's Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group.


Primary supervisor: Dr. Guy Bingham

Secondary supervisor: Dr. Abby Paterson 

Find out more

For further project details email Dr. Guy Bingham or register your interest and ask us a question.

Applicants must have a first or upper second class academic qualification, and ideally a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline to the topic area.  Prior knowledge or expertise relating to the following areas would be highly advantageous: Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Product Design/Engineering, Fashion and Textiles.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Loughborough Design School. Please quote reference number: LDS/GBAP/2017