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Mannequin 2017

The 4th edition of Fab Textiles Showcase featured our new mannequin.  Together with Fab Lab Santiago and Protein Lab UTEM we fabricated 8mannequins to showcase new designs of fashion tech. The design was made by Ignacio Aradena Flores, during his internship with Fab textiles at Fab Lab Santiago

This year we worked with CNC milled boards of 9mm with spacers in between and rods holding the pieces. The result was a mannequin that plays with the transparency as you move around.

CNC milling at proteinlab UTEM

Assembling the mannequins by the team of Fab Lab Esan!

The file is 2 full boards of 2400mm x 1220mm

and you can download to make it here!

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Mannequin 2016

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One of the lab´s research themes is the design and production of digital mannequins as an abstract representation of the human body using different fabrication processes and materials. In order to obtain the body you can either scan yourself – even using 123d catch of skanect or you can make your proportions replica with MakeHuman freeware. Up to now we have a waffle mannequin and various stacked mannequins using 123 make application but this year we decided to focus on the creation of a laminated composite of textile and thin wood bending process on a high density foam mold. The idea of a soft-hard mannequin like skin and bones that is sketched with few lines but at the same time maintains structural properties.

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The composite is made of 3 layers of wooden stripes and 3 of textile alternating and glued with cascamite wood glue, layers over the CNC milled molds and vacuum pressed for 5hours. The final pieces are joined with screws.

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Making of:

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Fiber Dress “Cloudio”

The pieces are part of the exhibition  VESTIR I DESVESTIR COSSOS. Fenomenologies d’aparició
Del 13 de febrer al 22 de maig de 2016, at the art center > La Panera

The Fiber dress is an ongoing collaboration between Ali Yerdel “Stigmergic Fibers” and Anastasia Pistofidou “FabTextiles” that explores the applications of the candy tool and the process applied on non woven clothing sprayed.

The concept of Natural making soft envelopes on the body and creating the garment and the textile in one step. Combining automated methodology and craftmenship.

By the direct engagement of the two disciplines, cloth making and spraying process, Creates a unique Organisations and single process. The new hand tool Gives a new role to how to design new non‐woven clothing.







The pieces are part of the exhibition  VESTIR I DESVESTIR COSSOS. Fenomenologies d’aparició
Del 13 de febrer al 22 de maig de 2016, at the art center > La Panera

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SSIC AND PAUL shop front mannequins

SSIC AND PAUL saw our work of making custom digital fabricated mannequins and commissioned us to produce mannequins for the shop front. (Carrer dels Santjoanistes, 14, 08006 Barcelona).

The mannequins are manufactured by the process of laser cutting after using MakeHuman application and 123d Make to produce the files to cut. You can find the designs for downloading here



3D mannequin

The Mannequin project started with a 3D conception.














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Molding Fabrics

En el Fab Lab para experimentar esta conocida técnica de moldear el cuero mojado utilizamos la tecnología digital de apoyo y soporte para agilizar y mejorar los procesos. Como primera experimentación y con el fin de analizar el comportamiento del cuero  con esta técnica y las herramientas que brinda el Fab Lab  se realizó un primer molde de prueba.

Este es un tutorial muy interesante.

El molde fue diseñado en Rhin0ceros pensando en los parámetros que tiene la fresadora en cuanto a distancias y volúmenes según el material que se tiene y fue enviado a la fresadora para cortar en una espuma de alta densidad.
El molde consiste en un positivo y un negativo que luego será cerrado junto con la tela en el medio y asi se creara a presión la superficie deseada


SEGUNDO PASO Luego de tener el molde en positivo y negativo se procede a lijar un poco para pulir esquinas y pequeños defectos que pueden quedar en el molde. Y se limpian restos


TERCER PASO Para sellar los poros de esta espuma se realizaron dos capas de schellack vlokken.  Esta solución se creó con 20 gramos de Schellack Vlokken y 125 ml de disolvente para cada capa.  con la técnica del baño maría que consiste en sumergir el recipiente que contiene la solución en otro mayor con agua u otro líquido que se lleva a o está en ebullición.  Al dar las capas de esta solución se debe dejar secar.




















Luego para asegurarnos de que todos los poros han sido sellados se realizó una capa de vaselina

Para preparar el cuero para ser moldeado se caliente el agua a una temperatura no muy caliente. El punto de temperatura perfecto es un calor aun soportable para el ser humano. Si se puede sumergir la mano en esa agua caliente es una buena temperatura para mojar el cuero.
Se deja el cuero en esta agua unos 5 minutos y luego se comienza a moldear manualmente un poco sobre el molde positivo para luego ubicar el molde negativo.

Se lleva el molde positivo y negativo cerrados con el cuero de por medio a la maquina de vacio que se encargara de ubicar bien el cuero y esta presión ayudara a que el cuero mantenga su forma.




SÉPTIMO PASO Retirar el molde de la maquina de vacio y retirar el cuero del molde para pasar al secado.  Se experimentó un secado al sol



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Laser cut aprons

In the fab textiles we made a laser cut apron for the fab lab members. The aprons are made from raw denim and they contain special pockets for the fab lab tools.

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RIG mannequin

RIG is a digitally processed and fabricated mannequin designed for ¨Fab-Textiles Showcase¨ during the Fab10 international conference in Barcelona.

The design for RIG is an exploration into the creative potential of mannequins as tools for exhibiting and work with. RIG is a manifestation on how tools should be rethought, redesigned, and reimagined. As one walks around the waffle structure, the perspective of three-dimensionality makes the volume of the RIG appear and disappear.  From the side, the physical representation of the human body is defined, yet as the visitor moves towards the front of the mannequin, the body slowly disappears, allowing the clothing to properly showcase itself.

For the digital design process, the software 123d Make was used to generate the waffle structure, where you can find all the files. Each section of the mannequin required a different waffle density depending on the structural requirements and resolution of detail required. These varying strategies were applied to the right arm, the left arm, the torso and the base and then compiled into Rhino to adjust the overlapping conditions. In total, 15 mannequins were produced with each RIG consisting of 184 unique pieces lasercut out of 3mm MDF.

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Credits: Fab Lab Barcelona

Design: Lana Awad

Fabrication: Lana Awad, Drew Carson, Anastasia Pistofidou

Special thanks to: Carmen/Ece/Andrea/Sebastian/Thiago/Andre/Efilena/

Photography credits: Thiago Kunz

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