I have found this topic pretty fascinating for a while. Although I am a little hesitant to call it anything but a 3D synthetic printed textile. Since it is made from plastic, and plastic is synthetic, and synthetic is defined as made by a chemical synthesis, especially to imitate natural product from the Latin syntheticus, from the Greek sunthetikos, based on suntithenai to mean "place together," we are able to call it synthetic. It is not cloth. Cloth is defined as woven or felted fabric made from wool, cotton, or a similar fiber and the origin of the wood is poorly defined and mostly unknown. And fabric also does not work, because it fabric is defined as cloth, typically produced by weaving or knitting textile fibers, which I have already ruled out as a suitable word to describe the item I wish to produce in the method I am producing it. Fabric is from late 15th century French fabrique, from Latin fabrica ‘something skillfully produced,’ from faber‘ worker in metal, stone, etc.’ The word originally denoted a building, later a machine or appliance, the general sense being ‘something made,’ hence sense 1 (mid 18th century, originally denoting any manufactured material). The origin of the word forms its ill fit for the task of description, as it has more to do with the fact that it is made, rather than how it is made or what it is, which makes it as descriptive as WiFi, which only tells us what it isn't, not what it is. So that leaves us with the word textile. Textile is defined as type of cloth or woven fabric and the branch of industry involved in the manufacture of cloth and is derived from from Latin textilis, from text- ‘woven,’ from the verb texere. While this is still primarily defined around cloth, which we have already determined that items made by a 3D printer are not, it depends more on the fact that is woven. The design will ultimately have to be woven or linked to create an item that is made from hard plastic that is designed to have motion. The next word that causes us some trouble is the word flexible. Because while this textile will move, it is not flexible. Flexible means capable of bending easily without breaking. If the item its self bends, the plastic is brittle and it will break. It is the strategic placement of areas where there is no plastic that give its motion, making the motion come from joints, rather than flexibility. So this leaves me with only a very few words we are able to use; 3D printed, linked, jointed, synthetic, and as a stretch, textile. I use 3D printed to describe the process of production, synthetic to denote the material, and textile to denote how the item should be used. Therefore, I will be making a 3D printed synthetic textile.
All definitions are from Google.
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ETextile Summer Camp - Really cool LED thing going on here too.