Agenda | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Times: Philadelphia – 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Eastern (US)
Soft Systems Design Kit – Creating Tools to Facilitate E-Textiles Development
On this second stop of the tour, researchers from the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center (PA FDC) will present the development of a soft system design kit (SSDK) to prototype textile-based circuits. This work describes the creation of computational tools and methods to expedite the production of textile electronics. This work also presents case studies in creating functional fabric devices, such as the design and simulation of reconfigurable textile antennas and fabric-based capacitive touch sensors. Additionally, frameworks to communicate textile-based electrics designs are discussed.
Agenda (all times EDT US)
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM: Introduction and Virtual Tour of the PA FDC
Geneviève Dion, MID, Director – Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center
Leighton Cline, MS, Testing and Fabrication Engineer – PA FDC
The PA FDC’s mission is to advance the design and manufacturing of integrated textile systems with new materials, new tools, new fabrication processes and new products that transform the way we work, live and interact with the world. The PA FDC translates innovative textile concepts from prototype to scalable advanced manufacturing through yarn customization, fabrication (flat and circular weft knitting, warp knitting and weaving), systems integration and testing.
As part of this mission, the PA FDC will present here the soft systems design Kit (SSDK). The SSDK aims to adapt the process development kit (PDK) concept from the semiconductor industry into a textiles context. This kit consists of design guidance, process information, and tooling for simulation and evaluation. Taken together, these tools will enable textile designers and engineers to create robust, scalable and manufacturable electronic textiles while reducing the time, costs and risks associated with iterative approaches to R&D.
9:30 AM to 9:50 AM: Modeling and Simulation of Electronic Textiles
Richard Vallett, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher – PA FDC
The ubiquity of textiles, combined with their soft and flexible nature, makes them an appealing medium for flexible electronics. The dynamic properties of textile structures pose challenges to conventional methods of electronics modeling and design. The PA FDC presents the SSDK as a first step towards the development of a framework to describe complex fabric circuits and to simulate the dynamic electrical behavior of textile-based devices. They will present the development of a reconfigurable textile antenna and a fabric-based capacitive touch sensor as use cases of the SSDK.
9:50 AM to 10:15 AM: Testing and Standardization to Accelerate E-Textile Development
Designers and engineers need the ability to create textile devices without extensive trial-and-error prototyping. Tools and methods to reliably analyze and validate yarns and fabrics are crucial to developing e-textiles that are manufacturable at scale. However, the characterization data historically collected and reported in the textile industry is not aimed at these functional fabric devices. This mismatch creates difficulties in engineering and barriers to communication in interdisciplinary teams. The PA FDC will present here a case for improved standardization in the e-textiles space, as well as a schema to communicate e-textile designs for fabrication.
10:15 AM to 11:00 AM: Open Forum on Challenges in E-Textiles Development
The SSDK aims to address the open challenges in e-textiles development. As such, this portion of the session will focus on welcoming feedback on this toolkit from the people working in the industry developing and utilizing e-textiles. Please join us for an open forum discussing the barriers to e-textile development and share your thoughts on this emerging technology.