BINGHAM, G.A. and HAGUE, R.J.M., 2013. Efficient three dimensional modelling of additive manufactured textiles. Rapid Prototyping Journal, 19 (4), 14pp.
Purpose – To investigate, develop and validate a three dimensional modelling strategy for the efficient generation of conformal
textile data suitable for Additive Manufacture.
Design/methodology/approach – A series of Additive Manufactured textiles samples were modelled using currently available
Computer Aided Design software to understand the limitations associated with the generation of conformal data. Results of the
initial three dimensional modelling processes informed the exploration and development of a new dedicated efficient modelling
strategy that was tested to understand its capabilities.
Findings – The research demonstrates the dramatically improved capabilities of the developed three dimensional modelling
strategy, over existing approaches by accurately mapping complex geometries described as STL data to a mapping mesh without
distortion and correctly matching the orientation and surface normal.
Originality/value – To date the generation of data for AM textiles has been seen as a manual and time-consuming process. The
research presents a new dedicated methodology for the efficient generation of complex and conformal Additive Manufactured textile
data that will underpin further research in this area.
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