3d Printed Fabric – Solomon Knots

by ManuelDSP

For this project I chose to model a woven fabric. The design I chose is called a Solomon knot. The 3d model was constructed in Rhino using a virtual peg board, similar to how one would be used in real life. The path of the yarn was mapped using control points, and image of the Solomon knots to trace and 4 different planes. Once the curves that constructed the pattern were in place they were given a thickness of 2mm, and adjustments were necessary to make sure that these cylindrical solids did not intersect. Once there were no intersections and the solid was watertight, it could be sent to be 3d printed using a polyjet printer. The piece was then excavated from the support material.