knitted chain mesh by Pamela Liou Photo by: Daniel Parks Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/parksdh/5227623068/

3D Printed Textiles

Informed by my work at Langoliers NYC, I was familiar with using textile fabrication to push the boundaries of cold-connection jewelry production. I was able to apply what I had learned to create 3D printed textiles.

Using panelization tools, python scripting, and CAD programs Rhinoceros and Blender, "swatches" of digital fabric files are prepared by tiling interlocking units.

Printability requirements, which change for each 3D printer depending on materiality, support structures, tolerances, and tray dimensions, are the main design constraints. I parlayed my knowledge of these parameters as a Production Engineer into my designs.

The word "Textile" connotes fiber and clothing, but 3d printed textiles have many industrial uses beyond simply draping over the human form. Digital modeling allows for targeted tension and deliberate movement by changing the directionality of the fabric. They can be employed as an articulate mechanism to control joints in automotive, medical, and architectural applications.

In the summer of 2014, I began working at the Francis Bitonti studio as the Lead 3D Intern and 3D tools developer.

Inhabit featured 3D printed textiles for their coverage of ITP's Spring Show 2014.