Simulation of printed-on-fabric assemblies
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Simulation of printed-on-fabric assemblies

ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication (SCF) - 2022
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Printing-on-fabric is an affordable and practical method for creating self-actuated deployable surfaces: thin strips of plastic are deposited on top of a pre-stretched piece of fabric using a commodity 3D printer; the structure, once released, morphs to a programmed 3D shape. Several physics-aware modeling tools have recently been proposed to help designing such surfaces. However, existing simulators do not capture well all the deformations these structures can exhibit. In this work, we propose a new model for simulating printed-on-fabric composites based on a tailored bilayer formulation for modeling plastic-on-top-of-fabric strips, and an extended Saint-Venant--Kirchhoff material law for modeling the surrounding stretchy fabric. We show how to calibrate our model through a series of standard experiments. Finally, we demonstrate the improved accuracy of our simulator by conducting various tests.

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Acknowledgements and Funding

This work was supported by the European Research Council (ERC) starting grants D3 (ERC-2016-STG 714221), GEM (StG-2014-639139), by the US National Science Foundation (IIS-1910274), and research and software donations from Adobe Inc. We thank the developers of the open source library Polyscope that we used for rendering the simulations. The fabricated models were photographed by Emilie Yu and were first published in our paper on inverse design of self-actuated surfaces.

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  author       = "Jourdan, David and Romero, Victor and Vouga, Etienne and Bousseau, Adrien and Skouras, Melina",
  title        = "Simulation of printed-on-fabric assemblies",
  booktitle    = "ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication (SCF)",
  year         = "2022",
  publisher    = "ACM",
  url          = ""

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