Add this to the list of jaw-droppingly awesome things that a student did for a school project. For his final project at the Royal Academy of Art, Nigerian-American industrial designer Oluwaseyi Sosanya has created a 3D weaving machine that can theoretically redefine what it means to produce soft goods and clothing.

The patent-pending 3D Weaver uses XYZ coordinates to weave fabric into a variety of three-dimensional shapes. When ‘printed’ at a fine resolution with various geometric patterns, the resulting auxetic structure creates an absorbent pad that Sosanya is currently testing as a midsole material option for footwear.

Next up for Sosanya? The talented young designer wants to push the 3D weaving technology into medical implants and body armor, among other applications.









Graduating from design school with a patent-pending new fabrication technique that could potentially save lives? Not a bad way to walk across the stage with diploma in hand.

Check out the rest of Sosanya’s impressive portfolio—including the Gravity Sketch—over at


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.