AdaCAD is online software for design woven drafts for both frame and jacquard-style looms. It is still in an early testing phase, so if you would like to use it, we’d love your feedback.

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How to Use AdaCAD

The Inspiration for AdaCAD

Photo of the AdaCAD user interface

AdaCAD is a software platform that we built to support designing woven drafts and circuitry schematics in tandem. The tool is open-source and we are still working out the final design details so it is more broadly usable. Mainly, AdaCAD offers support for commonly used features in smart textiles weaving like multilayer weaves and viewing your weave in terms of the draft as well as the paths of the individual yarn types within the design.  Currently, it is designed to output files for weaving an a TC2 loom. Future updates include supports for harness looms.


Read Mikhaila’s Presentation from CHI 2019

In May 2019, Mikhaila presented AdaCAD at the annual conference on Human Computer Interaction (CHI) describing our web application for designing smart woven textiles. The work was a collaborative project between Mikhaila Friske, Shanel Wu, and Laura Devendorf. The conference talks were not recorded, but you can view the transcript of our presentation below or read the paper here. 

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