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Square Fabric is back [message #83210] Wed, 15 January 2014 12:02 UTC Go to next message
avatar Magic  is currently offline Magic
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In March 2011, I designed my first Square Fabric. In the same period, Stop4Stuff designed his Square Maille - Flat N sampler and both models had a similar design: something flat made of square basic shapes.

So last December, when I was contacted by a journalist about this Square Fabric, I could not prevent myself from revisiting this design.

First I decided to make a new version with smaller links and smaller clearances. The previous version had a wire of 2mm with a clearance of 1mm. This time, the wire is 1.5mm and the clearance 0.5mm.
The result is the Square Fabric v2.
https://images1.sw-cdn.net/model/picture/674x501_1568275_1939172_1389784704.jpg

I also ask Stop4Stuff the permission to design a new fabric with a link directly inspired from his own design but with a more round feeling (without going into particulars, I work with cylinders intersections).
The result is the Square Fabric v3.
https://images1.sw-cdn.net/model/picture/674x501_1570865_1939150_1389784899.jpg

I really like how those fabrics react when you touch them.
The next step would be to take a scanned part of body, say a hand, transform it into a model made of squares and then replace each square by such a square link, in order to make a glove.

[Updated on: Wed, 29 January 2014 07:06 UTC]


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Re: Square Fabric is back [message #83288 is a reply to message #83210 ] Thu, 16 January 2014 15:29 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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If you can make the model with reasonably square squares all of about the same size, I can help you make the glove :)

This shows a somewhat similar fabric that is triangle based, but either of your square fabrics can be used as well.

index.php?t=getfile&id=49698&private=0

Re: Square Fabric is back [message #83293 is a reply to message #83288 ] Thu, 16 January 2014 16:33 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Wow, very nice heart indeed. I have also seen your woven glove.
I'd like to see a mix between the shape of the hand and the square links.
I suspect the Square Fabric v3 would also work with triangles in addition to squares. This would be a big help, because most of the time you get models made of triangles rather than squares.


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Re: Square Fabric is back [message #83355 is a reply to message #83293 ] Fri, 17 January 2014 08:54 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That's right, v3 will work with squares and triangles, even with a combination of the two. I was wrong about v2 though, it can't be used because it doesn't have four fold rotational symmetry. That won't work in places like the corner of a cube where three links meet.

I don't have something like v3 programmed in yet, but that's the easy bit. The hard part is getting the input model all nice and isotropic...
Re: Square Fabric is back [message #84007 is a reply to message #83355 ] Tue, 28 January 2014 23:18 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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In the meantime, please check this video: http://youtu.be/IOl2wLmDL4A
You can see successively the original Square Fabric, the v2 and the v3.


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Re: Square Fabric is back [message #84056 is a reply to message #84007 ] Wed, 29 January 2014 19:20 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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In my original post I mentioned being contacted by a journalist.
The article of Home and Textiles Today featuring Shapeways and the original square fabric is here:
http://www.homeandtextilestoday.com/article/570808-3D_Printi ng_Redesigns_Housewares_Design.php
Even more interesting, you can also check the entire magazine, and in particular from page 34 to page 40 (skip the two pages of ads :))
http://progressivebusinessmedia.com/hometextiles/flip/HTT_01 _01_14/HTT_01_01_14.html#p=34


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Re: Square Fabric is back [message #84063 is a reply to message #84056 ] Wed, 29 January 2014 21:02 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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This stuff is really cool.
Re: Square Fabric is back [message #97204 is a reply to message #84063 ] Wed, 27 August 2014 18:02 UTC Go to previous message
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Hi there,

Here are two other concepts of Fabric Swatch.
The first one, that I received time ago, but for some reasons, I did not post a message about it.
It is called Double-Eight Fabric, because of its basic link shape.
index.php?t=getfile&id=69410&private=0

And the second one I received recently, the Hexa Fabric (nearly the same concept but with a 3-fold symmetry instead of a 2-fold, and two basic links):
index.php?t=getfile&id=69411&private=0

Both are very flexible and react very nicely.

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