Laura's photo is of prototypes of elastic chain-link designs. These designs are part of her fourth year project within the Production Processes group, investigating the potential for using 'Selective Laser Sintering' processes to produce textile structures, as part of wider research to establish new garment manufacturing techniques. A chain-link structure enables the creation of flexible textile structures from rigid materials, whilst related projects within the IfM are investigating the possibility of using biological materials such as silk to allow the creation of fibrous Rapid Manufacturing materials. The elasticity of the nylon used for this prototype can also be exploited to create links which stretch under an applied force.
This photo was taken with a Nicon Coolpix 4300 digital camera. The image shows the draping ability of a prototyped elastic chain-link design by fellow student Tania Thompson. The background image is a Solidworks model of a further elastic link design by Laura Harrison.