Active Membranes: 3D printing elastic fibre patterns on pre-stretched textiles

Agkathidis, A ORCID: 0000-0002-0742-5218, Yorgos, Berdos and Brown, Andre ORCID: 0000-0002-0576-5112
(2019) Active Membranes: 3D printing elastic fibre patterns on pre-stretched textiles. International Journal of Architectural Computing, 17 (1). 74 - 87.

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There has been a steady growth, over several decades, in the deployment of fabrics in architectural applications; both in terms of quantity and variety of application. More recently 3D printing and additive manufacturing have added to the palette of technologies that designers in architecture and related disciplines can call upon. Here we report on research that brings those two technologies together - the development of active membrane elements and structures. We show how these active membranes have been achieved by laminating 3D printed elasto-plastic fibres onto pre-stretched textile membranes. We report on a set of experiments involving one-, two- and multi-directional geometric arrangements that take TPU 95 and Polypropylene filaments and apply them to lycra textile sheets, to form active composite panels. The process involves a parametrised design, actualized through a particular fabrication process. Our findings document the investigation into mapping between the initial two-dimensional geometries and their resulting three-dimensional doubly-curved forms, as well as accomplishments and products of the resulting, partly serendipitous, design process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital fabrication, 3D printing, parametric design, material computation, fabrics
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2018 10:57
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2020 08:51
DOI: 10.1177/1478077118800890
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