Textile Hybrids

This paper by Jorge Christie introduces a novel approach for generating self-forming textile hybrid structures based on the actuation of pre-stressed textiles with in-space robotic 3D printing. By revising the transit from material experimentation to the definition of geometrical models and fabrication processes, the so-called “Spatial Textile Hybrids” are presented.

With the aim of visualizing the potential of this technique for designers, a preliminary environment of computational tools is developed, ranging from printing a path prediction algorithm to form-finding simulation and printing path designing. By contrasting a series of physical prototypes with digitally form-found samples, the strengths and weaknesses of the process are exposed and recommendations for further development issued.

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