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id ecaade2018_422
authors Ku, Kihong and Gurjar, Satpal
year 2018
title Prototyping Method for Complex-Shaped Textile Composite Panels - Developing a digitally controlled reconfigurable mold
source Kepczynska-Walczak, A, Bialkowski, S (eds.), Computing for a better tomorrow - Proceedings of the 36th eCAADe Conference - Volume 2, Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland, 19-21 September 2018, pp. 47-52
summary While textile composites offer a wide range of formal flexibilities, a primary concern is the cost and time of creating custom mold surfaces which are typically produced through subtractive digital fabrication techniques. Alternative methods such as adjustable molds are used in high-end sail-making, and architectural researchers have examined reconfigurable molds, fiber sandwich fabrication methods, and mold-free fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) fabrication processes. In this paper, we discuss the development of a digitally controlled mold system for complex-shaped textile composite panels, aiming to reduce the need for custom milled molds. Experimental research started with producing composite samples from computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) milled foam molds. Subsequently, a digitally controlled deformable mold prototype was developed which incorporates a digital interface through which the architect's surface geometry is entered, analyzed, and transferred. The digital geometry directly controls the position of vertical actuators which adjusts the mold surface. Results of this ongoing project outline a digital process for fabricating textile composite panels, and help to define key parameters of the adjustable mold system including material properties, mechanical controls of the mold surface, paneling considerations, and digital interface.
keywords textile composites; reconfigurable mold; deformable mold; fiber reinforced polymer; digital fabrication; Arduino
series eCAADe
email kuk@philau.edu
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