An investigation of CAD/CAM possibilities in the printing of textiles: with reference to the application of complex repeat patterns

Bunce, G.E., 1993. An investigation of CAD/CAM possibilities in the printing of textiles: with reference to the application of complex repeat patterns. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) is used extensively in the production of printed textiles. Historically, new technologies affected the structural characteristics of design styles. They have usually been applied to current styles, with delays occurring between their introduction and their exploitation for design innovation. As yet, no radically new styles are associated with CAD/CAM. Pattern construction is an area where computer facilities could enable creative use of technology and link with the traditions of printed textile design. This has not been exploited, although systems do provide basic repeat functions related to the contemporary emphasis on unstructured or repetitive design.

The research, development, and implementation of textile printing technologies cannot be divorced from the socio-economic and aesthetic climates in which they are introduced. Any proposals regarding the future implementation of CAD/CAM must be evaluated in a context which acknowledges these wider influences. This work investigates and evaluates the circumstances surrounding the introduction of textile printing technologies and the effects of combined influences on the historical and contemporary uses of repeat in printed textile design.

Variations in the importance of structure as a considered design component have reflected differing philosophical attitudes towards mathematical explanations and representations of the natural world. These have also affected the classification and interpretation of design sources. This work proposes a classification system for the analysis, classification, and construction of designs which uses a modular approach applicable to CAD repeat specification. The understanding of structural organisation which this provides has importance in the present eclectic design climate. The thesis also proposes potential future CAD/CAM developments in relationship to current technological developments, design trends, and changing perceptions of order. It suggests that the use of computer technology combined with education could lead to the development of new design styles.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Bunce, G.E.
Date: 1993
ISBN: 9781369323184
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Oct 2020 15:28
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 14:01

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