Textile Design Engineering within the Product Shape

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Title: Textile Design Engineering within the Product Shape
Author: Parrillo-Chapman, Lisa
Advisors: Dr. Traci Lamar, Committee Member
Dr. Trevor J. Little, Committee Chair
Nancy Powell, Committee Member
Dr. Peter Hauser, Committee Member
Abstract: This body of research seeks to improve the design and development of a class of products referred to as engineered designs. Specifically, the process for textile design engineering within the shape of a product. Textile Design Engineering within the Product Shape is an iterative and often highly collaborative design process. The purpose of this type of engineered design is to i) improve the performance of the product and/or, ii) to improve the aesthetics of the design. Products engineered for aesthetic purposes can create a seamless design by continuing a motif or fabric structure across a seam, dart or closure, and accentuate shape or movement. Products engineered for functional purposes can improve performance, comfort, fit, and movement, reduce waste, and reinforce areas of high wear. Expert practitioners from industry, academia, and research institutes were surveyed on their use of engineered design. In addition, case study analysis was conducted on the engineered design process. Results from the survey and case study analysis assisted with building a four stage process model. The research uncovered a need for increased input from designers and the need for improved communication and collaboration between members of design and product development teams. New and emerging technologies such as digital printing, integral knitting, and 2D and 3D simulation software facilitate the engineered design process; however, these technologies are underutilized.
Date: 2008-12-04
Degree: PhD
Discipline: Textile Technology Management
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/3614

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