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|Title: ||The generation of 3D data for rapid manufactured textiles|
|Authors: ||Bingham, Guy A.|
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Publisher: ||© Guy A. Bingham|
|Abstract: ||Rapid Manufactured (RM) textiles were first proposed by Freedom of Creation in 1999.
Initially, these textile type structures were viewed as a novelty of additive manufacturing
techniques with no specific application. However, the geometric complexity capabilities
of additive manufacturing techniques means that the scope of RM textiles is far greater
than initially realised. The research undertaken within this thesis regarding this novel
area of textiles and Rapid Manufacturing has shown the scope of RM textiles to lie in the
area of high performance and smart textiles.
Increasingly, high performance and smart textiles are seen as relevant research areas,
with the incentive being the realisation of high performance and smart clothing with
increased and desirable functionalities. However, the current manufacture of high
performance and smart textiles has been shown to be an arduous process, involving
complex manufacturing operations and techniques, fraught with design for manufacture
and assembly constraints, which are currently restricting the complexity of the textile
structures that can be actually achieved. This research suggests that future additive
manufacturing techniques provide an elegant solution to these current manufacturing
difficulties and therefore validate the novel research area of RM textiles.
This research investigates the generation of 3D RM textile geometric data essential for
their manufacture by additive manufacturing techniques. It demonstrates that while the
generation of planar or flat sheets of RM textile structures with high levels of geometric
complexity can be efficiently created using conventional modelling techniques of
Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, the generation of conformal textiles is
inefficient, time-consuming and error prone. Further investigations utilising experimental
textile modelling software provided an initial methodology for the efficient generation of
conformal RM textiles to be established. However, the initial methodology was limited.
and restricted the main incentive for the creation of RM textiles, geometric complexity.
A further methodology was then presented that addresses these limitations, requiring
firstly, the generation of a uniform and equidistant mapping surface mesh, and secondly,
a complex geometry mapping tool capable of mapping complex geometry to such a
mesh accurately and efficiently.
The research demonstrates the complexity of generating the required uniform and
equidistant mapping mesh and highlights that currently available meshing techniques
are incapable of generating such a mesh structure for all curved surface geometries.
The generation of the required mapping mesh structure was then investigated and a
novel meshing technique and algorithm developed to attain such surface mesh
structures. The work then addresses the mapping of complex geometric 3D data to the
surface mesh structures and again develops a technique and system capable of
achieving this aim.
The research therefore culminates in a complete methodology for the efficient
generation of conformal RM textile structures of an increased geometric complexity that
will enable further research to be undertaken in the novel area of RM textiles.|
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)|
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