Visualisation Tool

Visualisation Tool

Postby admin » Tue Dec 29, 2015 5:40 pm

The visualisation tool the last tool in the workflow which the CREATIF user uses before realising the design for smart fabric printing. The Visualisation Tool allows users to configure, evaluate and reconfigure their CREATIF design on a computer before printing. It allows visualisation of the layout of the smart fabric, functional element simulation and the behaviour of the functional elements to be set. An example of how this tool can be used is provided in section 18 of this document.
The visualisation tool is integrated within the overall CREATIF workflow as illustrated in Figure 1. The flowchart below shows a typical designer’s workflow and the separate software tools and modules used to complete a design from scratch. The key to each stage of the CREATIF workflow in terms of the software used is provided in Figure 1 in the bottom left hand corner. Each stage of the smart fabric design process and its corresponding software tool is outlined in colour within the workflow corresponding to the number colour in the key.


Therefore, before use of the visualisation tool, designers, will have already performed the following steps:

1: Create the colour image design in Adobe Illustrator. The design shall include the background image and areas for placeholders for Electroluminescent and Thermochromic smart elements which are set in the next step.

2: Select which elements in the design have the smart functions of Electroluminescence and Thermochromic using the Adobe Illustrator add-on (tool 1, Figure 1). In CREATIF the Electroluminescent and Thermochromic functions can be freeform. The Spiral Speaker and Proximity sensor elements must have predefined forms in order to operate correctly.

3: Upload the design to the CREATIF cloud (tool 1, Figure 1) in scalable vector graphics (.svg) format.

4: Use the Collaboration in the Cloud tool (tool 2, Figure 1) to:
a) Add Spiral Speaker, Proximity Sensor/s and/or other smart elements in the design.
b) Route the design to include the interconnects between the functional elements and the electronics interconnect and check that the design is electrically functional.
c) Collaborate with other users using tool 4, Figure 1.

5: Use the Translation tool (tool 3, Figure 1) to translate the design into printed layers. This tool creates printed smart layers with their actual sizes for all smart elements, conductive tracks and connectors. The Translation Tool Rules ensure the design will be electrically functional when printed. A design cannot be translated into printed layers if a rule produces an error. All functional errors must be fixed at this point. When translated into printed layers the design should be electrically functional. In case further repositioning of elements is required, for example due to new ideas which may be generated when using the Visualisation tool, the design will need to be translated into printed layers again and a check for functional errors undertaken.
The design’s functional behaviour must now be set before printing within the Visualisation tool (tools 5 and 6, Figure 1) which is described in this document. The tool also allows the user to adjust the integration of the colour design with the functional design, in particular this is likely to address the interconnect positioning. New ideas about the element’s positioning and tracks alignment may also arise within the Visualisation tool and the add-on customisation software so the tool also allows adjustments to the design to be made at this point.

This User Guide explains the CREATIF Elements from an operational viewpoint in terms of elements being:
• Operating, operable and auxiliary;
• The conditions triggering elements behaviour and how to set them;
• Single element actions and action sequences and how to set them.

The following definitions are used in this user guide:
• Element – A functionally stand alone device printed with CREATIF inks (e.g. electroluminescent). Elements are explained in detail in section 12.
• Connected Elements – Elements electrically connected to behave in the same way.
• Condition – An event triggering different states of an Element.
• Action – A single repetition of ON-Intensity-OFF state of an Element.
• Condition Action Sequence –A list of Actions, sequentially repeated upon triggering of a Condition.

With the help of this tool designers can set Conditions triggering Operation Sequences for the CREATIF Elements. When all Elements in the design are allocated Condition and Action Sequences, the designer can view on screen a working animation, and modify any of the parameters to improve it.
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