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Unlike few years ago, eTextiles in market is becoming a norm now. Many of us are engaged in the process of turning the one-off eTextile prototypes to mass-producible product. What are the process of this translation? What kind of design method goes in this process? What are the special techniques necessary for this process? and what are the aesthetics of industrialized eTexitles?


possible sub topics
the impact that production processes have on the aesthetics (look&feel) of the final artifact and how might these affect industrially produced e-textiles?

Technique/Design method:
how do small-scale (for example: hand knitting, flat bed knitting) techniques transfer to large-scale (for example: circular and 3D knitting) production? what kinds of design methods and processes would be involved in such a process?

4 Responses to Industrialization

  1. Mili Tharakan says:

    Mili Tharakan
    I am currently working with a textile manufacturing company where we are trying to scale up smart textiles, use conductive yarns etc on manufacturing machines etc. There are many interesting challenges in this area that I would like to explore and find solutions to. It could be processes, tools, systems, design etc.

  2. Becky Stewart says:

    I am incredibly interested in this! I think the process of scaling hardware into a product is already opaque, without adding in textile manufacturing. There are an increasing number of guides on the topic of moving from prototype to product such as Why Kickstarter Projects are Always Delayed and the Hardware by the Numbers Series. I think some kind of online guide or resource of how to approach productionizing an e-textile product would be a great output of this group.

    I fear this topic may not have enough interest to sustain it into a full group, so I’m going to register my interest with the Go Small Go Wireless group as well.

  3. Ebru Kurbak says:

    I’m interested in this topic! I just completed a research excursion in Turkey in which we visited textile production facilities and factories at different scales. I am not only interested in clarifying the vague image we have on how ‘actually’ things are made, but also in understanding the economical, social and ethical aspects of global textiles production.

    Although the topic sounds quite theoretical, I would love to do something hands-on. What we produce and present does not need to be purely utilitarian, it can also function as a critical statement. One idea is combining this topic with the “Tools” topic and creating some extensions/upgrades in our domestic textiles machines to introduce various standards into small scale e-textiles production. Or, I thought it could be fun to design and install a ‘Paillard production line’ with the limited tools and machines we have. We can then invite all participants to work in the production line of a certain e-textile product.

  4. Tincuta Heinzel says:

    Well, industrialisation can be applied to all the other focus groups…. from prototyping to even education.
    Industrialisation was part of my PhD research, and I theoretized it at some extend and analysed some of the implication of digitalisation in industrial production.
    As Ebru I am interested also in the economical and social aspects of production /industrialisation. My project “Artists in Industry” tried to repertoire what happens with the Romanian textile industry (which was the second largest European textile industry). ( – sorry the website changed server recently and it has not to been actualised).
    Hm… so hard to decide.

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