L Systems Textile

Fractal space. Algorithmic curiousities.

L Systems Textile

Fall 2016, Class project
  • Design
  • Fabrication
  • CAD (Rhino)
  • Algorithms
  • Scripting (Processing)
  • 3D Printing

L Systems are an algorithmic grammar that is used in several applications. They are fractals, making tree like patterns that are used all over the design industry.

I wanted to see how these branches would feel in a 3D printed textile. I later adapted this code to make a necklace.

I visualized them in Processing and experimented with several parameters. I then converted this to an SVG file and used Rhino to scale and make it more structually sound. I printed it as a textile swatch on a Formlabs printer in Flexible resin. The textile has various bend tolerances depending on branch density.

Scripting pictures