Self-shaping textiles

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3D print, 3D printing on textiles, 4D print, Active materials, digital fabrication, experimental prototyping, Material form-finding, PhD research, Programming Materials, research, research by design, self-shaping textiles, teaching, textiles, upscaling textiles, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

Potential of 3D printing for the design of performative textile structures

Dates: Summersemester 2017

Institution: Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Textil- und Flächendesign

Supervision: Agata Kycia

Participants: Nayeli Vega, Anja Demuth, Xingwen Pan, Otto Lemme, Nelli Singer, Rebecca Theresa Schedler, Malu Lücking, Aleftina Karasyova, Jung eun Lee, Pamina Weiß

Cooperation: TPL Textile Prototyping Lab, STFI Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitüt


The course Self-Shaping Textiles focused on exploring the potential of 3D printing technology in combination with textiles and examined aspects such as performance, modularity and scalability as well as possible applications of textile structures in the architectural context. The design methodology uses the elasticity of the fabrics and their self-forming properties. A modular shading element was developed using 3D printing technology and prototyped in 1:1 scale.

The course was conducted in cooperation with the research project ‘Textile Prototyping Lab’, which included 3D printing workshops in Fab Lab Berlin and Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut STFI in Chemnitz, where the large format prototype was produced through 3D printing.

This material experiments are part of the doctoral research “3D Printing on pre-stressed textiles as means of material-informed design strategy for performative building envelopes” by Agata Kycia at the TU Berlin.



Development of circular modular assemblies can be seen below:

Circular textile module. “Self-Shaping Textiles”, SoSe 2018, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Textil- und Flächendesign  

Sun-shading canopy with textile composite modules. “Self-Shaping Textiles”, SoSe 2018, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Textil- und Flächendesign

Scaling up of the sun-shading canopy. TU Berlin, 2019

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