18 May 2017 Digital fabrication of textiles: an analysis of electrical networks in 3D knitted functional fabrics
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Digital fabrication methods are reshaping design and manufacturing processes through the adoption of pre-production visualization and analysis tools, which help minimize waste of materials and time. Despite the increasingly widespread use of digital fabrication techniques, comparatively few of these advances have benefited the design and fabrication of textiles. The development of functional fabrics such as knitted touch sensors, antennas, capacitors, and other electronic textiles could benefit from the same advances in electrical network modeling that revolutionized the design of integrated circuits. In this paper, the efficacy of using current state-of-the-art digital fabrication tools over the more common trialand- error methods currently used in textile design is demonstrated. Gaps are then identified in the current state-of-the-art tools that must be resolved to further develop and streamline the rapidly growing field of smart textiles and devices, bringing textile production into the realm of 21st century manufacturing.
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Richard Vallett, Richard Vallett, Chelsea Knittel, Chelsea Knittel, Daniel Christe, Daniel Christe, Nestor Castaneda, Nestor Castaneda, Christina D. Kara, Christina D. Kara, Krzysztof Mazur, Krzysztof Mazur, Dani Liu, Dani Liu, Antonios Kontsos, Antonios Kontsos, Youngmoo Kim, Youngmoo Kim, Genevieve Dion, Genevieve Dion, } "Digital fabrication of textiles: an analysis of electrical networks in 3D knitted functional fabrics", Proc. SPIE 10194, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IX, 1019406 (18 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2263515; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2263515
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