FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2018
Contact: Leigh Drori, AFFOA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2018
Contact: Leigh Drori, AFFOA
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Mark your calendar for September 13, 2018. IPC E-Textiles 2018 will bring together the e-textiles supply chain for a full day of technical presentations, hands-on product demonstrations and networking. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and interact with innovators from the e-textiles community.
UMass Lowell Partners on Research to Prevent Catastrophic Failures of Buildings, Bridges and More
VF Corporation and North Carolina State University are collaborating for student development at NC State and advancing apparel and textiles innovation within VF. The College of Textiles and VF have a long-standing relationship, which is strengthened by NC State’s Poole College of Management with expertise in business analytics and supply chain management.
Global clothing giant VF Corporation is exploring rental and service-based business models to promote the circular economy to its consumers, as the company pushes ahead with a new corporate strategy that commits to science-based targets and 100% renewable electricity.
A class taught by a University of Rhode Island professor of biomedical engineering has inspired students to design new so-called wearable technologies that can help jaundiced babies and people living with diabetes, the university reports.
Do you have an idea for an innovative advanced fabric product and want to form a great company?
NuVu Studio, a full-time innovation school for middle and high school students based in Cambridge, MA,
approaches high school education in a creative and collaborative way. While at NuVu, students learn
how to solve open-ended problems through design and fabrication of real world products using digital
fabrication equipment such as laser cutters and 3D printers.
Second award from Mass. Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) grows partnership between MIT Lincoln Laboratory, U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center
If you have an idea on an innovative advanced fabric product or service that can form the basis of a great company, you should apply for the Advanced Fabric Entrepreneurship Program (AFEP)! AFFOA has partnered with MIT-Venture Mentoring Service (MIT-VMS) to launch a year-long pre-commercial part time program for entrepreneurs with a passion for advanced fabrics. The program supports entrepreneurs by providing access to a wide variety of resources aimed at building commercial value: access to the advanced fabric ecosystem, experienced mentors, technical knowledge, prototypes, customer insights, team building, and other resources all aligned to prepare you to launch your company.
In a small industrial building at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a 20-foot fiber draw tower is steadily pulling a strand of plastic and winding it around a large spool. To the untrained eye, it looks like an ordinary thread, but the fibers made at Lincoln Laboratory’s newly opened Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC) are anything but ordinary. The end-to-end prototyping facility is equipped to design and produce fabrics that can change color, store energy, emit and detect light, monitor health, or facilitate communication.
The Philadelphia-based Drexel University has recently partnered with the DoD-supported AFFOA (Advanced Functional Fabrics of America), and will be collectively establishing a statewide center to help entrepreneurs and private companies to transform their textile concepts from prototype to product.
The Department of Defense’s effo
rt to bring America to the forefront of textile technology manufacturing and innovation is gaining a strategic foothold in the region. Drexel University, in collaboration with DoD-supported Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), is establishing a statewide center that will help companies, entrepreneurs and innovators take their advanced-textile concepts from prototype to product and prepare America’s workforce for the quality jobs this growing sector is generating.
Cher Horowitz’s closet from the film “Clueless” had a futuristic computer system that helped her put together outfits. Back in 1995, the concept teased what it might be like to get dressed in the future.
At the Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC), engineers develop advanced fiber technologies for a range of applications for national security. The facility houses state-of-the-art equipment for functional fiber and fabric design, fiber device drawing, textile production, and system integration in order to create textiles with sensing capabilities.
A common perception, even by some here in the Upstate, is that textile manufacturing is virtually gone in the U.S. When I encounter folks with this ill-informed notion, I’m more than happy to do my part to try to change their minds.
Years of negative headlines around layoffs, closings, and contraction no doubt etched that image into the minds of the general populace, particularly here in the heart of “Textile Country.” I had a front-row seat for the industry’s collapse, having written those headlines for more than a dozen years for another textile trade publication. Even before NAFTA was passed in 1993, the industry was beginning to see cracks in the powerful structure it had built and thrived in for many decades.
Earlier this year, pioneering developments in the technical textiles industry were
recognised at the Future Textiles Awards. We speak to some of the winners to see what
further progress they have made
FORT PAYNE, Ala. – If you go back roughly 15 years, there was a good chance the socks on your feet were made by an American worker in this mountainous pocket of northeast Alabama. During the peak of America’s hosiery industry through the 1990s, roughly 7,800 people worked at one of 150 sock mills in Fort Payne, known as the “Sock Capital of the World.” Mills dotted Airport Road. “It was just constant traffic. I remember that as a kid, and it was great energy,” said Gina Locklear, a local entrepreneur. “It’s changed now.”
One of the first things you pick up about Yoel Fink at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is he’s a super smart science guy. An expert in materials science and electrical engineering, he holds more than 50 issued U.S. patents on multi-material fibers and devices. He was an undergraduate at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, a research university in Haifa, Israel. He landed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his Ph.D. where he studied materials and became fascinated by fibers.
The Baker Administration has awarded $7 million in funding to help support seven advanced manufacturing projects across the state.
Gov. Charlie Baker and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash made the announcement Friday at UMass Amherst.
Manufacturing Day℠, which occurs on the first Friday in October, is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. As the University of Kentucky joins participating manufacturing industries and academic institutions in this year’s observance, UK is proud to share how the College of Engineering is embarking on a strategy for growth to better serve industry, the state economy and the citizens of Kentucky.
Incoming freshmen received a “Welcome Week” treat during move-in weekend — a smart backpack that hasn’t hit the shelves yet.
About 2,500 of these backpack were given away to new students at the Daskalakis Athletic Center Sept. 16-17.
While these backpacks look like common vessels used to transport books, laptops and papers from class to class, they are unique. A coding system is woven into the plaid stripes on the backpacks and when scanned by a smartphone, the owner’s information is displayed by an app. The owner can choose to share their social media links, or even their favorite song.
A team of UMass Lowell researchers has partnered with a research and development company to create new, cost-effective sensor-laden textiles that can be used to monitor the structural health and integrity of vital infrastructures across the country, including buildings and skyscrapers, roadways, bridges, tunnels, railway tracks, dams and pipelines.
In the midst of moving in, meeting new roommates and exploring campus, Drexel freshmen will find a new way to connect with one another as they begin their college experience this year: socializing via backpack.
As part of this year’s freshman orientation at MIT, new students encountered the typical lineup of takeaways: booklets and brochures, a list of 101 things to do before they graduate, lots of T-shirts, pens, etc. For the first time, however, they were also given a completely new version of the old campus staple: the backpack.
Members of the Class of 2021 received a surprise gift upon checking in to MIT — a backpack that, when scanned with a smartphone, can display the profile its wearer uploaded. The fiber technology used in the backpack was developed for mass production earlier this year by MIT-based Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), a consortium of companies, universities, research organizations, and non-profits dedicated to fiber and textile innovation.
The inspiration for WiseWear was my grandfather Dominic Cameratta. He suffered from a condition called Lewy Body Dementia, which is a cross between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. His symptoms included memory issues and changes in gait and balance issues.
Manufacturing USA wants to honor the best and brightest minds in manufacturing by recognizing students and mentors throughout the USA who demonstrate what it means to “make”.
MIT and other innovators design novel solutions for the battlefield, disaster sites, and other dangerous environments.
As winner of the MOMA Young Architect Program, my co-author and long-standing collaborator, Jenny Sabin, has a 3 month long installation at MOMA PS1 in NY. She used seamless knitting involving a million yards of fiber to create a pavilion. It’s remarkable and ground-breaking, but also inspirational to those in the field. Interestingly, she and I collaborated on a knitted installation last year that prototyped a part of this project. – Peter Lloyd Jones
Clothing tinkerers innovate fashion with science-based performance dresswear and 3-D knitting.
AFFOA Reaches Milestone in Fabric Revolution Mission
A group of researchers at the University of Georgia are on the leading edge of developments that they hope will bring the textile industry back from the dead in the United States.
KINGSTON, R.I., Oct. 19, 2016—Prescribing a medication plan for a patient with Parkinson’s disease is a big challenge for doctors, but now a University of Rhode Island biomedical engineering professor and his students are making great strides in solving that problem with their groundbreaking research.