Inflatable Textiles

Image: Miura-ori Fold from cutfoldtemplates.com

Instructors: Kathleen McDermott & Linh Truong

Date: Tuesday, October 4th from 9-12 pm

Hands-on experimentation time with ripstop nylon, iron-on interfacing, and small pump motors for potentially automated wearable inflation. These techniques aren’t foolproof and can require iteration, but it should provide a good starting point for your next inflatable project.

Materials/Tools Provided:

  • Iron 
  • Iron on adhesive – hem tape
  • Alligator Clips 
  • Knives, Rulers, Cutting Mats 
  • Bench power supply // 6V battery packs & AA batteries 
  • Wire strippers, scrap hook-up wire
  • Assorted Ripstop Nylon (kite material, non-porous) enough for small prototypes 
  • Aquarium pump motors (6V, used to aerate fish tanks) 
  • Aquarium air tubing 
  • Hand squeeze pumps 
  • Plastic air valves 

Suggested/Optional: 

  • Ripstop Nylon (kite material, non-porous) for larger scale play; enough for student prototypes will be provided  Iron on adhesive hem tape for larger scale play; enough for student prototypes will be provided 

Documentation

Forthcoming

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