In the project ClothTiles, we present a prototyping platform to fabricate actuators of clothing. ClothTiles leverage flexible 3D-printing and Shape-Memory Alloys (SMAs) alongside new parametric actuation designs. We explore the concept of fabric actuation using a base element and then systematically explore methods of aggregating, scaling, and orienting prospects for extended actuation in clothing.


  • Muthukumarana, S., Messerschmidt, M.A., Matthies, D.J.C., Steimle, J., Scholl, P.M., and Nanayakkara, S. 2021, April. ClothTiles: A Prototyping Platform to Fabricate Customized Actuators on Clothing using 3D Printing and Shape-Memory Alloys. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2021), May 8–13, 2021, Yokohama, Japan. ACM. [DOI], [PDF]