MaxiFab is a multifaceted collaborative effort aimed to address current shortcomings of menstrual technologies through digital fabrication techniques. We explore using 3D printing to produce customizable frames for sanitary napkins and laser cutting to fabricate fused washable sanitary napkins. Our preliminary explorations create menstrual products that address some of the most pressing problems with current period technologies—namely, access and cost barriers, waste, and lack of customization. Our work aims to reduce stigma regarding the discussion of menstruation while contextualizing the topic as an under-examined design research space.
Joselyn McDonald, Siyan Zhao, Michael L. Rivera, and Jen Liu. 2018. MaxiFab: Applied Fabrication to Advance Period Technologies. In Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 13-19. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3197391.3205405