digital printed fabric

Making molds for the lower grip

With most of the molds for cold-casting completed, I’m moving on to preparing molds for the main components of the gun like the grip and front shell. These are fairly complex shapes so I’ll keep using two part molds.

Above you can see one drawback of using Lego for mold enclosures (as opposed to foam core or plastic sheets). The shape of the enclosure is restricted to rectangles which is great for making nice, square enclosures, but for non-uniform or abnormally shaped pieces, a rectangular enclosure is space inefficient, resulting in using more silicone than necessary. 

Despite this, Lego is still my preferred enclosure material due to it’s speed, uniformity, and the ability to build/deconstruct in modular layers.

I was particularly happy with this batch of molds. The interior faces are clean, with both subtle bevels and hard edges coming through the way I designed them. No bubbles, no fused mold halves, and a pretty clean casting overall (once I clean up the lego seams from the sides).

Coming up next is the mold for my biggest piece: the main grip that serves as the structural base for the entire gun.


How to Make a Four-Way Repeat Pattern

This is a pretty fool-proof method for creating a design that can be tiled to create a seamless repeat. 

You could…

…scan it and have the finished repeat design digitally printed onto fabric. 

…create the drawn elements using opaque paint markers on vellum and use it directly as a silkscreen transparency. 

…create a design that could be carved into a woodblock or linoleum and used as a repeated block print. 


FRIDAY FRENZY | etsyfindoftheday 3 | 6.5.15

‘midnight ink’ digitally-printed tea towel by squeakdesign

i know my kitchen tea towels are in desperate need of an upgrade … i may just venture over to squeakdesign for my next few. their digital printing looks just like trendy indigo dye-ing, which i love … did you know they have bags and scarves and cushions and pouches and freaking dressing gowns, too?! now you do … so have at it, followers!


Computer Copy

Fashion remix project from gokinjo-monozukuri captures existing fashion with 3D photogrammetry, processed into polygons with modelling software, and put together onto digitally printed fabric - video embedded below:

The process of “Computed Copy” is as follows. First, scan the garment and get the 3D images of it. Second, make flat patterns with printed images by using a software which can do this automatically, and finally put the parts by sewing them.
Although there is a traditional way of designing flat patterns which considers the movement of the body and characteristics of the material, computers design it in a totally different way, because they recognize the 3D shape as a polygon which is a collective form of flat faces.
Our purpose for this “Computed Copy” is not only to make some distortion which humans cannot produce, but also to make garments which are not just “copy” and have the alternative creativity. By removing humans’ arbitrariness as much as possible from the process of copying designs, and by letting computers do it, we can create a new kind of designing system.
In the future, we think that it will be possible to copy a garment only with the image files on the internet without scanning actual things, thanks to the rapid development of 3D technology (scanning, modeling, and printing) and a flood of images on the internet. We expect that this work will be the fastest automated way of copying the designs as the final destination of fast fashion.