Design Tool for Electronic Textile Clothing Systems
Infoscitex Corporation proposes to develop a mathematics-based predictive design tool that will greatly simplify the e-textile design process and provide designers with an extensive range of options. Our initial focus will be on garments made using broadloom e-textiles but this tool will eventually be expanded to include other textile articles and fabric types. A critical component of this effort will be the development of algorithms which are able to predict where e-textiles yarns in one pattern piece intersect with e-yarns in a second pattern piece at the seam. The IST team has already identified a promising approach for accomplishing this based on Moire fringe theory. This capability can be used to determine where along a seam a weld needs to be made, how large the welding horn needs to be in order to maximize the chance of forming a successful weld, and what other wires might be unintentionally connected. This information can in turn be used to design welding templates which will greatly simplify the garment assembly and welding process. However, the most compelling application of this tool will likely come when it is used to guide the early stages of the design process.
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