Informed by my work at Langoliers NYC, I was familiar with using textile fabrication to push the boundries 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.
I'm currently working at the Francis Bitonti studio.