THE MATERIAL SKIN
CAD CAM Knitting CAD CAM Knitting investigates knit as a principle of construction. Exploring the structural logic of stitches and processes by which shaped and gradated materials can be made. By examining the design of textiles using computer controlled knitting machines the aim is to understand how knit as a structural system can be controlled through digital design technologies. Learning from experiments with hand knitting machines, the project examines the means by which knit can be structurally detailed and specified allowing a variation of structural and qualitative performance. The project is developed through a collaboration with Tilak Dias, School of Materials, Manchester University. The project is supported by Ă…se og Ejnar Danielsens Fond.
A model of material fabrication By understanding computer controlled knitting machines as a means of material fabrication, the projectâ€™s focus is to examine how CAD CAM knitting can be a technique by which hyper specified graded materials can be designed and produced. As a technology of digital fabrication computer controlled knitting has more in common with the additive techniques of rapid manufacturing than the subtractive techniques of CNC milling or laser cutting. In knitting, as in rapid manufacture, the material is built up during the process of manufacture from a base material. But in difference to most additive techniques, the base material is highly variegated. Depending only on the flexibility of the yarn and its thickness, knitting can integrate a vast array of materials with each their own structural and performative qualities.
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The book "Textile Logic for a soft space", by Mette Ramsgaard Thomse (CITA) and Karin Bech (CITA).