THE MATERIAL SKIN
Workshop with researchers from Cita and the School of Materials at the University of Manchester
Conclusion These material investigations were all carried out together with the School of Materials at The University of Manchester, with their specialised knowledge in controlling both knitting machine and the computer software running it. The knitting patterns that control the fabrication are graphic patterns within the computer software. This software is highly specialised, to be able use this within an architectural design context the next phase in the research point in direction of creating a platform that links between the space of design and the space of fabrication within the software.
Credits CAD CAM Knitting is developed in 2007-09 and is a collaboration between Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Toni Hicks. Constructed Textiles, University of Brighton and Tilak Dias, School of Materials, The University of Manchester. The project was developed with Karin Bech, Andrea Foged Trieb, William Hurley and Edward Lay. The collaboration is supported through a grant from Aase og Ejnar Danielsens fond. References  http://www.blueprintmagazine.co.uk/index.php/architecture/the-worlds-first-printed-building/ as sourced September 2011.  Spacer fabrics are used in the medical industry as well as in sports industry where the material’s ability to spread compressive loads is used in braces and padding. Braddock, S.E., O’Mahony, M. “Techno textiles 2”, Thames & Hudson, 2007. p. 86. 31
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The book "Textile Logic for a soft space", by Mette Ramsgaard Thomse (CITA) and Karin Bech (CITA).