For Carnegie Mellon’s Student run fashion show, Lunar Gala, I am collaborating with Paulina Reyes and Ying Lin on a fashion line which explores the intersection of computational tools, digital fabrication and fashion design. My part in the project includes translating and modifying designes into 3d models and then using these models to create output for digital fabrication tools like 3d printers and lazer-cutters.
The workflow for creating clothing involves modeling a design in blender and laying flat the mesh (or ‘unfold’) in pepakura and rhinoUnfolder (the later of which I am developing as a plugin for rhinoceros 3d). These flat patterns are then lazer cut and sewn together. RhinoUnfolder allows us to create specialized geometry in the unfolded mesh more easily. I am able to code for specific geometric modifications to the net, which would be much more difficult using the output from pepakura, which contains no data about the relationship between the flat pattern and the original 3d model.