May 12th 2015, 3 hour workshop at the RCA Information Experience Design department in London, UK
This workshop is only open to students of the university.
A three-hour introductory workshop to materials, tools and techniques for actuating textiles.
This brief workshop will start with an introductory overview to electronic-textiles, explaining materials such asand fabrics, magnet wire, nitinol (a shape memory alloy) and thermochormic pigment. After demonstrating examples of different kinds of electronic textile actuation, students will proceed to build their own actuators.
The two different kinds of electronic actuation explored in this workshop are:
– Electromagnetism (motors, vibration movement, sound)
– Heat (melting/softening, thermochromic pigment/colour-change, SMA/muscle-wire/nitinol)
Hot Hinge >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2955
Tunable Stiffness Structures: muslin in wax
Using heat to actuate thermochromic pigment. Thermo = temperature, chromic = colour –> temperature actuated colour change!
Thermochromic Paint on Paper Examples
Materials and Tools
speakers and motors:
– neodymium magnets
– audio amp
– magnet wire
heating and movement:
– steel thread
– thermochromic pigment
– fabric medium (for mixing thermochromic pigment)
– paintbrushes and pot(s)
– lab/bench power supply
– hair dryer
– regular thread
– scraps of regular non-stretch fabric
– sewing needles