Kniterate at SCF 2019

July 25, 2019


Hi Kniterate community!

I’m Alex, I currently live in Boston and am Kniterate’s software architect.

I recently went to the ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and thought that sharing my experience would be a great way to connect with those of you who are interested in the subject.

I got to meet some of the brightest minds working in the field and hear about their latest work. I also met several of our backers. It was great to hear how excited they are about Kniterate and answer some of the questions they had. These questions also helped the team improve our FAQ.

Jim McCann, one of the organizers of the event, gave me a tour around the Carnegie Mellon Textiles Lab, where he’s doing fantastic research with his colleagues. 

Alex, Jim, Jenny, Vidya and Lea

Clockwise: Alex, Jim, Jenny, Vidya and Lea

Their latest paper revolves around an augmented stitch mesh data structure that represents 3D knit objects, and an interactive visual design system. You can read it here.

Knit samples at SCF 2019

Brain-teaser knitted samples!

During the SCF I attended multiple talks, two of which I found particularly inspiring: Nervous system creates 3D printed structures consisting of many distinct pieces that, as showcased in their Kinematics dress, can behave as a continuous fabric. The algorithm calculates a way to fold all of the pieces of the dress together to fit the build volume of a 3D printer. After printing, there is no assembling required, as all the pieces are interlocked with hinges! Another project that caught my attention was by Andrei Jipa. He uses a 3D printer as a means to create preforms for concrete. Custom designed stairs have an important role in architecture, but their complexity and scale pose significant challenges in the fabrication process. Jipa showed how, with a minimal amount of 3D-printed plastic, a thin but stable shell can be obtained. The results of this are beautiful organic forms.

A talk that I missed was that of our backer Jouke Verlinden. Luckily I was able to catch him and talk about his work. Jouke was presenting “Refashioning Historic Garments through Computational Fabrication.” 

Hopefully, you found this overview of my visit interesting and it sparks your interest in the diverse field in which we are developing our technology. Let us know if you’re interested in knowing more by getting in touch here.

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