THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW MATERIAL CULTURE: FORGING UNPRECEDENTED ALLIANCES BETWEEN DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

DS 83: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE16), Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity, Aalborg, Denmark, 8th-9th September 2016

Year: 2016
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Christian Tollestrup, Kaare Eriksen, Nis Ovesen
Author: Borhani, Alireza; Kalantar, Negar
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Texas A&M University, Department of Architecture
Section: External Collaboration
Page(s): 417-422
ISBN: 978-1-904670-62-9

Abstract

This paper addresses a creative multidisciplinary project relevant to making programmable textile
called Flexible Textile Structures through the lens of bio-inspired design, with the goal of fostering
innovation and excellence in rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing. Flexible Textile Structures
explored the reciprocal relationships among design, science, and technology across scales and
appraised a wide range of aspects from visualization, fabrication, material ecology, architecture, to
interaction and performance. Here, the focus was on conducting a clear line of design research in a
school of design that supports creativity while also addressing the relationships between the new
generation of textile developments and their shaping processes in the production of form through
“form finding” exercises in 3D printing.

Keywords: Additive manufacturing, Flexible Textile Structure, Programmable Material, Multidisciplinary.

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