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Digital fabrication of textiles: an analysis of electrical networks in 3D knitted functional fabrics
Author(s): Richard Vallett; Chelsea Knittel; Daniel Christe; Nestor Castaneda; Christina D. Kara; Krzysztof Mazur; Dani Liu; Antonios Kontsos; Youngmoo Kim; Genevieve Dion
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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2017
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 10194, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IX, 1019406 (18 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2263515
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Richard Vallett, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Chelsea Knittel, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Daniel Christe, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Nestor Castaneda, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Christina D. Kara, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Krzysztof Mazur, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Dani Liu, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Antonios Kontsos, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Youngmoo Kim, Drexel Univ. (United States)
Genevieve Dion, Drexel Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10194:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IX
Thomas George; Achyut K. Dutta; M. Saif Islam, Editor(s)

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