I looked forward to the arrival of this assigment, since using 3D printing in my field, the millinery, was something I longed for long before the course began; I have some references that had already included this tool in their collections of accessories for the head, but when I saw them, I had so many doubts: how do they do it? How to design a piece to print in 3D? How do they achieve volume? How do the machines work? What materials do they use? How long does it take to print? What programs do they use? Etc In this week and later in which I continued working on the subject I could clear several doubts about it, it is a way that I intend to continue exploring since the possibilities are almost endless, the pieces that can be reached through 3D printing can have complex morphological qualities and very difficult to achieve with other tools.

Referents in the use of 3D technology in fashion and millinery:

Computational Design Process / Diadema#

My first idea to print in 3D, as an accessory for the head, was a “Diadema” or “headband”. After classes, tutorials and experimentation with Grasshopper I decided to launch and start the design from scratch there. The intention from the beginning was to create a three-dimensional piece, with the appropriate curvature and scale to be carried on the head, which made the process from the beginning more complex, since it had to introduce real measurements.

Computational Design Process / Modular Cap#

At first, my idea was to create another “headband” model but this time using another material: Flia-Flex filament, which would allow me to create a flat module but with the possibility of being curved by its flexible property.

After experimenting with Grasshopper, I decided to start with a simpler module, creating a flat surface, which I could then modify with a single command:

After having created a plot manually, with this command that I downloaded, I could apply it in a single step and achieve a very interesting plot, with extension capacity in conjunction with the row-flex. Continuing with the axes worked in the Assiggment “circular fashion” I decided to include a locking system (similar to Zip bags) to join one module with another and thus achieve a “helmet” together. When printing the first piece, it was fascinating for me to see the stretch capacity that the piece possessed and its aesthetic qualities. It was not like that with the embedded system, but that led me to think about the evolution of the module to arrive at a more complex object: a MODULAR CAP.

Week 06. COMPUTATIONAL COUTURE / 3D Print / Fila-Flex from Betiana Pavon on Vimeo.

Better results with the FILAFLEX / tips:#

Modular Cap#

Step by Step:

Cap AURORA / external project#

The prototype cap Aurora, is a design created jointly by Ana Correa and Betiana Pavón; which consists of a modular Cap (accessory for the head) with the addition of an electronic system that allows the morphology to stand out in the dark through fiber optics. This project was carried out jointly and thanks to the knowledge acquired in the Fabricademy program. (Computational Couture / E-Textiles and Wearables)