a design research
When a new technology evolves designers try to utilize it for the creation of new & innovative goods. Weftwarp is a design research project that turns this procedure around. I designed a new production method for textiles and the appropriate tool in first place to then explore its capabilities and properties for manufacturing and the resulting products. Furthermore the concept is utilized to go into detail to expose possible applications for future production and consumption.
Different contemporary fields merge in this project to draw attention to the importance and possibilites of textiles. Things that got popular through the maker culture like micro computing, 3D-printing and 3D-scanning get combined with traditional forms of textile fabrication to create this 3D-loom.
2016 - University of Applied Arts
The machine is build around a modified CNC module, which is basically identical to many 3D printers or CNC mills. The crucial high precision parts that are responsible for weaving, were developed in cooperation with SEMA, an Austrian machine tool company.
Since the Weftwarp is an experimental setup and rather a weaving tool than a completely autonomous weaving machine, it relies on manual work to transform the woven structures into the final object. This allows a great amount of freedom to discover and explore different approaches of 3D-weaving: