Modular reconfigurable system

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In the fashion design field, the module is the most used system. The repetition of a single element in two-dimension or three-dimensional space identifies the module, which can have different behaviors and complexity according to the geometry.

Objective
In this assignment, I’m interested in investigating the possible variables of parametric geometry.

The parameter of the element,  thickness, length, and size has been modified upon the body curve. The parametric systems allowed me to reconfigure all elements according to the problematic find during the fabrication and assembly process.

Test_01
Material: PVC

Modul composed of two elements.
I prepared a simple module by Illustrator in order to test the material, connections, size, and flexibility. The use of PVC material made the module connection stiff and well resistant at the stretch.

 

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Notes :Using a gradient module is easier to follow the body shape.
Problems: The pattern doesn’t work well on the flexible parts as elbow and torso.


Test_02
Modul composed from one element.
I designed a module geometry by parametric software in order to have the full control of the geometry parameter.

 

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Here .gh file_Construction parametric geometry

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Material test

PVC
laser cut machine – TROTECT / power: 10 / speed:0.5 / PP : 2.0
Problems: The element designed present different legs length, according to a specific parameter. This difference makes the connections not resistance in some points, in term of pulling.
Notes: Using PVC allowed me to work in small scale and have cuts next to the edges without getting broke, even during the assembly. Generally, the laser melts the edge making the piece stronger.
Also is important to take in consideration that the laser takes out 1/2mm in the edge, especially in the plastic material. Is important to prepare the digital file preventing this problem or reduce the laser power/ increase the speed.
However, cut the PCV with the laser it releases high toxic fumes. Therefore I will move forward to look an alternative material.

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Silicon ( 1.50 mm )
laser cut: TROTEC machine
Notes/Problems: I try to laser cut the silicon, trying to avoid the flame.  If the parameters were hight the laser was able to cut but making the flame, if the parameters were low, was possible to avoid the frame but the laser engraved the material without goes through it.
Countless different parameters without good result.

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Polyurethane (1 mm)
Laser cut : machine / 30power / 100 speed / 2000 PP

Problems: The element made by Polyurethane material is too fragile in particular on the connections. Moreover, the laser cut melted the material surface ending the strength of it.

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Bioplastic – Tulle
After several tests with the synthetic materials, I decided to make my own fabric, composing the bioplastic with transparent Tulle.


laser cut machine – TROTECT / power: 10 / speed: 1.0 / PP : 1000

Composite and result:  Bio-plastic ( base recipe) 1mm – dense mesh Tulle. 
Against all the expectation, the material acted really well, in term of the stretch, pulling, and resistant. Thanks to the burn edge made the by laser-cut, the element was much stronger and resistant than other materials tested.
During the material making process, the tulle has been laid down on top of bioplastic, without submerging it on the liquid. That gave a film layer with two textures, ones rough and matt by the Tulle layer and others smooth and shiny by the mold.
Notes: Using the base recipe ( 100ml water – 20g gelatin – 10g glycerin ) the final module was recisten at the pull and strtched during the assemble.


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DIGITAL FABRICATION
MakingPatterns- I apply my module on Kimono patterns. In the following picture is possible to see the front pattern.
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The assembly of 150 elements takes 5 hours to get a piece of  15 x 40 cm!

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PHOTOSHOOTING
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