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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    E-Textile Tailor Shop by KOBAKANT
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    From 2013-2015 Mika is a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley

    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
    We support the Open Source Hardware movement. All our own designs published on this website are released under the Free Cultural Works definition

    Fabricademy: Soft Circuits and Textiles Sensors

    Week 5 on the 24th of October and week 9 on the 21st of November 2017 as part of the Fabricademy

    As part of the Fabricademy we will teach two one-week sessions introducing electronics textiles as a field of making soft, flexible, wearable electronics. In each of these weeks students will learn techniques by copying swatches as well as producing their own unique designs.

    >> http://textile-academy.org/
    >> http://fabtextiles.org/tag/fabricademy/
    >> http://docs.academany.org/softacademy-handbook/_book/08_bootcamp.html

    Week 5: Soft Circuits

    In this first week we will give an overview of the field of electronic textiles, presenting works in the field as well as materials and technical developments that have made these projects possible. We will go into detail on different techniques for making soft/flexible/fabric circuitboards.
    We will also introduce idea of microcontrollers using ATTINY as an example. We will cover simple exercise of opening blink LED example, going over the code basic and uploading to have the first step into arduino programing.

    The exercise for the week will be to replicate/copy the swatch example, program your own ATTINY microcontroller with example code and design a basic circuit using the techniques of your choice.

    note: hand out a sheet listing all the materials for students to add samples.

    Intro to E-Textiles and Wearables

    Meet the Materials

    conductive fabrics
    conductive threads
    fusible interfacing
    – Meet the multimeter!

    Main Activities:

    – Understanding eTextile materials
    – Soft circuitry techniques
    – Introduction to Microcontroller, programming ATTINY (example code)
    – Assembling Soft Circuit with ATTINY

    Topics covered:

    – Different techniques for making soft/flexible/textile circuits
    – Hard/soft connections (sewing, soldering, fusing, strain-relief…)
    – Soldering with flux on conductive fabric
    – Materials, tools
    – Trace thickness, spacing
    – Solder masks
    – Strain relief
    – Bend relief
    – Tear-drop shapes (flexpcb design guide!)
    – Microcontrollers, Arduino
    – LED, SMD, DIP (package)
    – ATTINY programming

    Different techniques for making soft/flexible/textile circuits

    By hand:

    – Hand embroidery
    – Sewing machine
    – Fusing strips of conductive fabric
    – Drawing conductive circuits with silver pen (circuit scribe, other one)
    – Protoboard (stripboard)
    – Breadboard (mini, bare-minimum)
    – Copper tape by hand (Jie Qi)

    By machine:

    – Machine embroidered
    – Lasercutting conductive fabric (lilypad, leah)
    – Vinylcutting conductive fabric or copper tape
    – Electroplating conductive fabrics and threads
    – Etched flex circuits
    – Ordering PCBs online

    Creating Circuit Designs and Cut-files

    – Inkscape
    – Illustrator
    – Photoshop
    – Pen + paper + scan
    – Eagle, Kikad, Fritzing
    – Silhouette, Roland Cutmaster
    – Lasercutter software?

    Programming ATTINY

    – USB TINY programmer
    – Arduino IDE, Blink example, uploading
    – explain a bit about the code, show the possibility of modification.


    We ask that each student copy the example swatch in order to understand how it is made and master the skills needed to make it.

    Copy: textile circuit and connection Swatch
    Upload Blink example to ATTINY 45(85) >> if students what, they can modify the code, even circuit. (blink faster, add more LED, add button/sensor)
    Make your own version: battery holder, led, (switch/button), ATTINY

    Week 9: Textile Sensors and Actuators

    In this second week we will introduce materials and techniques for a variety of textile sensors such as resistive bend, pressure, stretch sensors.
    Students will program an Arduino to read the analog value of the sensor and use the built-in serial monitor and graph tools to visualize the sensor data.
    We will also talk about actuators that can be made with eTextiles or used with textile materials.

    Hand out a sheet listing all the materials for students to add samples. Include space for taking note of resistance of materials.

    Meet the resistive materials:

    – Nm10/3 yarn?
    – Eeonyx (Sparkfun)

    Multimeter revisited – do you remember how it works?

    Overview to Textile Sensors (HTGWYW Swatchbook)

    – Digital
    – Analog


    – knitting (knit on machine?)
    – crochet
    – lasercut tilt
    – embroidery?
    – fusing
    – sewing

    Intro to Arduino/microcontroller/ADC

    – what is it, what can you do with it?
    – code structure
    – upload process

    (the above will be covered in Course 5, and we will do the recap)
    – different form factors (LilyPad, Uno, Flora, ATtiny…)

    Intro to Actuators

    (only lecture, and examples in slides, no physical samples or exercise)
    – what is actuators -> LED, motor, speaker
    – Fabric Speaker
    – Electromagnetic coil Flap
    – SMA
    – Thermochromic

    The Bigger Picture

    What can you do with these sensors once you’ve connected them to an Arduino?
    – Project integration
    – Connections (hard/soft, serial, i2c, wireless, BTLE, phone…..)
    – Power options (batteries….)
    – Designing electronics for wearability (Wearable electronics cheat sheet)


    – copy one of the textile sensor swatches exactly
    – use multimeter to measure range of your sensor
    – select appropriate voltage dividing fixed resistor
    – connect to the Arduino and graph
    – if you are enthusiastic, try controlling actuators(LED with analogWrite() or speaker with tone())


    (week 5)
    – copper tape
    – copper foil sheet
    – capton tape or sheet (solder mask)
    – paper
    – ATTINY45/85 (either)
    – LED (SMD and Through-hole)
    – Conductive fabric (copper rip-stop, silver stretch)
    – Fusible interfacing
    conductive thread (statex silver plated nylon, Karl-grimm copper thread)
    – Flux
    – Cotton/silk fabrics
    – Stretch fabric

    – Conductive fabric (copper rip-stop, silver stretch)
    – Velostat
    – Eeonyx (stretch, non-woven sensor fabric)
    – Nm10/3 stainless steel and polyester blend yarn
    – Fusible interfacing
    – Conductive thread (statex silver plated nylon, Karl-grimm copper thread)
    – Beads (metal, glass)
    – Flux
    – Cotton/silk fabrics
    – Stretch fabric
    – Arduino (Uno, Lilypad, Flora.. any Arduino will be ok)
    – USB cable for Arduino
    – Crocodile clip
    – various resisters
    – Neodymium magnet (if we do fabric speaker)
    – TIP122 (if we do fabric speaker)
    – LED (for enthusiastic students)
    – small speaker (for enthusiastic students)

    Tools: (both weeks)
    – Sewing needles
    – Scissors
    – Iron
    – Soldering iron
    – multimeter
    – USB ATTINY programmer
    – computer with Arduino IDE
    – laser cutter
    – vinyl cutter

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