This one is a biggie, clothing simulation at this level has been complicated to do and involved a lot of trickery. This year's SIGGRAPH paper shows the work of a collaboration of Cem Yuksel, Jonathan M. Kaldor, Doug L. James and Steve Marschner.
Their paper describes their way to accurately simulate knitted clothing. Fantastic!
Here some words on the project and some videos, even an implementation in Blender already exists!
The FreeD is a hand-held, digitally controlled, milling device that is
guided and monitored by a computer while still preserving the
craftsperson's freedom to sculpt and carve. The computer will intervene
only when the milling bit approaches the planned model. Its interaction
is either by slowing down the spindle speed or by drawing back the
shaft; the rest of the time it allows complete freedom, letting the user
to manipulate and shape the work in any creative way.
of the FreeD is to allow designers to engage with the physical material
and not just with the CAD environment, and to let them do their
interpretations to the virtual model. By that, designers can create
something that is one of a kind, unique based on a generic design.
Todd Johnson produces "Shockfossils", Lichtenberg figures, that are carved in acrylic by the immense power of a rented electron accelerator. After charching the acrylic it passes the 5 million volt electron accelerator, then the acrylic needs to be hit with a hard object. Immediately after the stroke a discharge happen and builds tiny structures of the electrons traveling through acrylic. He can even cover parts with lead masks to control where the effect happens. The Shockfossils are then mounted on a wooden holder and lit by LED's, a commercial product...
This is just awesome, I'd like to see this process live.
You may know the Pirate Bay as torrent site, now the Bay has got a new category Physibles where you can find 3D-data for 3D-printing, or manufacturing.
I think this marks a huge point showing the influence of 3D-Printing and CNC manufacturing in our times. We will see a lot more 3D-printing going on at home, new wars on copyright (Lego's patent just ran out...). People can now construct, share, modify and build their objects of desire, furniture, art, jewelery and thiefs may print their own ATM-skimmer devices...A lot to think about before it hits us full throttle. Bring it on!