MAS.962 Special Topics: New Textiles

As taught in: Spring 2010

Photo of a hand holding a small fabric square with a "printed circuit" pattern of connectors on it.

Designing and building a fabric PCB (printed circuit board) is one of the topics of this class. (Image by Prof. Leah Buechley.)




Prof. Leah Buechley

Course Features

Course Description

This project-based course will explore the future of textiles, focusing particularly on blending rich crafting traditions with new technologies. Topics will include textile-based electronics, textile fabrication, algorithmic pattern design, and composites. We will experiment with a wide range of fibers, yarns, and fabrics including traditional materials like wool and cotton as well as metal fibers and yarns, fusible plastics, papers, and resins. We will also explore techniques like felting, laser cutting, CNC knitting, digital printing, and CNC embroidery. Students will complete weekly hands-on assignments and a final project.


An activity described in this course is potentially hazardous and requires a high level of safety training, special facilities and equipment, and supervision by appropriate individuals. You bear the sole responsibility, liability, and risk for the implementation of such safety procedures and measures. MIT shall have no responsibility, liability, or risk for the content or implementation of any of the material presented. Legal Notice

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .ai, .zip.