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Posted: 27February2014 in 3d Printer

What happens when you mash up 3D printing and traditional weaving

Feb.25, 2014

The role of the fashion designer is changing, although it has been at the forefront of engaging with new materials. Today’s designers care so deeply about form and texture – with this in mind, it’s not surprising that the fashion industry is at the forefront of 3D printing adoption.

In collaboration with textile artist Ozana Gherman, designers at Hot Pop Factory, Bi-Ying Miao and Matt Compeau, launched Hybridized Cloth project to experiment with various forms and techniques, from traditional weaving to digital fabrication, aiming to push traditional manufacturing and raw materials, such as the thread, fabric and accessories to a new degree.

The process began with designing a series of shapes that would nestle comfortably on the shoulder. By going back and forth between 3D models and physical prototypes, the designers developed a pair of triangulating structures which were generated with specialized software and printed out on a 3D printer.

“They were produced as a kit of parts consisting of nodes and connectors, each indexed for easy assembly. Each connecting member was marked with regularly spaced notches in the digital file in anticipation of the weaving process that would follow.” explains Hot Pop Factory. “The entire piece came together via pin and hole connections, transforming our digital drawings into articulated three-dimensional forms.”

Then a thick black warp were wrapped on the 3D printed triangulating structures for weaving. “The notches that were designed into the members made it very easy to guide each thread of yarn around the structure. We started the weave by filling in the internal cells of the armature with panels of varying porosity, then moved outwards and began working on an entire garment.” said the designers.

The garment is a contemporary version of the huipil, a traditional Guatemalan garb, combined with indigenous weaving techniques and a myriad of embroidery stitches.

In the process the designers have experimented with styling, playing with unusual combinations of 2D patterns and 3D structures. The result is a hybrid way of producing 3D textiles that draws from traditional manufacturing while integrating it with budding digital processes.

Hybridized Cloth will be on display until March 15, 2014 at Craft Ontario as a part of the Hand and Machine show and Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

“This piece is a part of a larger study on the ritual of making, more developments will follow as we continue to experiment and play with our favourite tools and materials.” notes the Hot Pop Factory.

Images credit: Hot Pop Factory

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  1. Awesome post, thanks for sharing!

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