February February 7: Conductive textiles
Assignment due February 8: registration survey
February 14: Textile resistors and resistive sensors
Assignment due: color changing textile
February 21: NO CLASS (president’s day)
February 28: Textile actuators: shape memory alloys
Assignment due: resistive sensor
March March 6: Nonwovens and composites
Assignment due: shape changing textile
March 13: Introduction to computational design
Assignment due: nonwoven/composite
March 20: Knitting machines
Assignment due: laser cut lace
April April 3: Final project proposals
Assignment due: final project proposals
April 10: Embroidery machine + 3d printed textiles
Assignment due: knit surface
April 17: NO CLASS (patriot’s day)
April 24: NO CLASS (member week)
May May 1: Textile capacitors and capacitive sensing + final project lab
Assignment due: embroidery or 3d print
May 8: Final project lab
Assignment due: project updates
May 15: Final project lab
MONDAY May 21: 9am-12pm Final project presentations
Assignment due: final project presentations

Kadolph, S. (2007), Textiles (11th or 10th Edition), Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ

There is a $35 materials fee for this course. (Please give a check made out to “MIT” to Emily.) This helps to cover the cost of consumable materials, including your vey own kit, which we have assembled to help you complete many of the assignments. Additionally, you should purchase a multimeter of your own. (We recommend this one. You can also order a similar meter more cheaply from Amazon.)

Weekly assignments: 60%
Final project: 30%
Class participation: 10%

Each project will receive 2 “grades”, one for the project & one for its documentation. For both categories, we will give you one of 3 marks: a check (X), check + (X+), or check- (X-). A (X) is an indication that you did a good job on the assignment, a (X+) that your work was truly extraordinary & a (X-) that your work could be improved. Evaluation of projects will focus on the following:

  • craftsmanship (how carefully and thoughtfully was the project constructed?)
  • concept (how original and compelling is the conceptual design?)
  • form/aesthetics (how compelling is the aesthetic design?)
  • functionality (does it work?)

2010 OpenCourseWare site
2010 Syllabus