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IPC E-TEXTILES 2019 – Discounted Rate for AFFOA Member

http://www.ipc.org/calendar/2019/textiles/ipc-textiles-AFFOA.html

IPC E-TEXTILES 2019

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Small Business Innovation Summit Pitch Session

The Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), will be hosting an event at its Small Business Innovation Summit showcasing top teams from across the country that have high potential to accelerate delivery of new fabric technologies with dual-use purposes.

Small Business Innovation Summit Pitch Session

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The Augmented Fabric at #AWE2019

Could fabrics be the next technology disruptor? The short answer is yes if the predictions and objectives of the AFFOA (Advanced Functional Fabrics of America) are realized. Speaking at the AWE USA 2019, AFFOA CEO, Yoel Fink, paints a picture where fibers act as the sensors and transmitters turning clothing and other fabrics from fashion statements to an integral part of an Internet of Everything world.

The Augmented Fabric at #AWE2019

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The 5 Coolest Things on Earth This Week

AI-trained robots are learning to read their surroundings based on just a few visual cues, and they’re becoming better drivers too; elsewhere, smart machines on the factory floor are working in “swarms” to increase quality and efficiency. It’s a bot’s life in this week’s 5 Coolest Things, which also include advances in electro-textiles and a fascinating insight into evolutionary biology.

The 5 Coolest Things on Earth This Week

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IPC E-Textiles 2019 Call for Participation

IPC invites innovators, technologists, materials suppliers, electrical engineers and academicians to submit technical conference abstracts and educational course proposals for IPC E-TEXTILES 2019 to be held on Wednesday, September 11 in Philadelphia, Pa.

IPC E-Textiles 2019 Call for Participation

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Smart fabrics not yet a perfect fit

Yoel Fink wants a fund that would invest in startups working on products that use next-generation textiles.

Smart fabrics not yet a perfect fit

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MassChallenge HealthTech Announces 2019 Cohort of Top Digital Health Startups

December 13, 2018 (BOSTON) – MassChallenge, a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators today announced that 30 digital health startups will join the 2019 MassChallenge HealthTech cohort, which will represent the most innovative technologies advancing health and improving the overall patient experience. MassChallenge HealthTech invite the community to meet the 2019 cohort at its Opening Night event on January 17, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Drydock Hall.

MassChallenge HealthTech Announces 2019 Cohort of Top Digital Health Startups: AFFOA Member Bonbouton Selected

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Women of Wearables Boston – December Event

Come to the Women of Wearables (WoW) Boston Chapter December event, in partnership with CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center). CIC has been a home for entrepreneurs all around the world, and we’re having this month’s event at its flagship location in Cambridge.

Women of Wearables Boston - December Event

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Knitting for Civility

As part of their community service requirement, the FIT student chapter of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) hand-knitted hats to raise awareness about school bullying

Knitting for Civility

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IFAI Tent Expo 2019

Tent Expo is the biggest show of its kind in North America for the tent rental and supply industry. Every two years, hundreds of CEOs, employees, installer and suppliers come together to network, learn, stretch their thinking and revel in new product innovations and techniques under awe-inspiring tent displays.

IFAI Tent Expo 2019

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What If? The Inspiration Of U.S. Textile Innovation

“What if?” It is the question where innovation begins, and few companies have asked it as often and answered it as well as DuPont™ and FilSpec USA.

What If? The Inspiration Of U.S. Textile Innovation

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You’re Invited! “Fabrics- The New Software” Networking Event, November 29

Recent breakthroughs in fibers and fabrics are transforming these age-old materials into high tech for the first time in history – creating in the process new opportunities for fabric-based startups and entrepreneurs! Fabrics that can see, hear, sense, communicate, store and converts energy, regulate temperature, monitor health and change color will soon be possible.

If you are interested in learning more about the Fabric Revolution and the exciting new opportunities in this space, please join us for the first “Fabric- the New Software” Networking event on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at AFFOA HQ (Advanced Functional Fabrics of America) in Cambridge, MA.
This event is designed to develop, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs interested in transforming the fibers and textiles industry. Attendees will engage with emerging advanced fibers and fabrics first hand, and meet the 2018-2019 cohort of the Advanced Fabric Entrepreneurship Program (AFEP). Speakers and presenters at the event represent some of the current and future leaders, entrepreneurs, and startups in the revolutionary fibers and textiles industry.

You're Invited! "Fabrics- The New Software" Networking Event, November 29

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NextFlex Workshop: Mechanical Test Methods for Flexible Electronics

Come and Join us on November 29th, 2018 at 1:30pm at UMass Lowell, Saab ETIC for a NextFlex workshop on mechanical test methods for FHE components and devices.

The objective of the workshop is to summarize results and disseminate knowledge and awareness across the flexible hybrid electronics industry. The purpose of the workshop is to:
1) Present the results of NextFlex funded projects on the mechanical test methods of FHE components and devices, a topic specifically addressed in NextFlex second solicitation – Four academic teams will present their approach.
2) Raise awareness of the capabilities and infrastructure developed in this project so that the local, regional and national community takes advantage of it
3) Discuss industrial needs not covered by the developed tests to steer future research efforts in FHE-relevant directions.

This is a free event.

NextFlex Workshop: Mechanical Test Methods for Flexible Electronics

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How Does the Brain Work

True stories of indefatigable researchers, heroic engineers, and champions of, neuroscience who are finally turning the corner in the effort to understand, heal, and improve the human brain.

The Heroes of Science Who are Unlocking the Brain

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Fiber Computing: The Next Industrial Revolution

The mission of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is to enable a manufacturing-based revolution—what we could call Industry 5.0—with the transformation of traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles into highly sophisticated integrated and networked devices and systems. In a recent conversation with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, the organization’s Chief Marketing Officer, Eric Spackey, explains.

Fiber Computing: The Next Industrial Revolution

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Fabric as the new software- Sci-Tech Now

Everyday items like watches and backpacks can now be turned into wearable technology. But what if high tech fibers and fabrics could set new expectations for how we use and wear our apparel? Yoel Fink, director of MIT’s research laboratory of electronics joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.

AFFOA CEO Yoel Fink on Sci-Tech Now

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MIT and FIT Join Forces to Design the Clothing of the Future

A T-shirt that can change color to complement your mood (and help you pare down your wardrobe) … an apron that transforms into a dress and has interchangeable pockets with high-tech functionality … these are the forward-looking concepts presented by a group of three students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and three FIT students making practical use of the latest active textile technologies.

MIT and FIT Join Forces to Design the Clothing of the Future

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Members Only Workshop June 13-14

This event is an opportunity for members to connect with others in the AFFOA network learn more about our enabling technologies and define paths to participate in AFFOAs engagement opportunities.

Members Only Workshop June 13-14

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Whither VR/AR?

Prediction: much-maligned QR codes, often camouflaged except to machine eyes, will become the de facto standard for meatspace-AR bridges.

Whither VR/AR?

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Future Wear- Discover Magazine

If one MIT researcher has his way, our fabric could be the next great technological frontier.

Future Wear

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IPC E-Textiles 2018

Registration is now open!

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.

Registration Now Open: IPC E-Textiles 2018

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VF Corporation, NC State University collaborating

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.

VF Corporation, NC State University collaborating

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VF Corporation exploring servitisation to champion circular economy

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.

VF Corporation exploring servitisation to champion circular economy

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THROUGH ADVANCED FABRICS

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.

Community Engagement Through Advanced Textiles

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Advanced Fabric Entrepreneurship Program

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.

Advanced Fabric Entrepreneurship Program

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Lincoln Laboratory celebrates opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center

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.

Lincoln Laboratory celebrates opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center

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DREXEL AIMS TO STRENGTHEN AMERICA’S STANCE IN COATED FABRICS MARKET

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.

Drexel Aims to Strengthen America's Stance in Coated Fabrics Market

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Drexel to Host Pennsylvania’s Center For Advanced Fabric Manufacturing Innovation

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.

Drexel to Host Pennsylvania's Center For Advanced Fabric Manufacturing Innovation

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The future of getting dressed: AI, VR and smart fabrics

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.

The future of getting dressed: AI, VR and smart fabrics

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Defense Fabric Discovery Center established to develop smart textiles

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.

Defense Fabric Discovery Center established to develop smart textiles

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Textile Industry Is Alive And Well

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.

Textile Industry Is Alive And Well

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Future Textile Awards: winners revisited

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

Future Textile Awards: winners revisited

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One small town sock maker’s fight to keep jobs and make it in a different America

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 small town sock maker’s fight to keep jobs and make it in a different America

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How an advanced fiber backpack just might unlock the future of US jobs

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.

How an advanced fiber backpack just might unlock the future of US jobs

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Baker announces $7M for manufacturing projects

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.

Baker announces $7M for manufacturing projects

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Here’s How UK is Making Kentucky a World Leader in Manufacturing

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.

Here's How UK is Making Kentucky a World Leader in Manufacturing

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Drexel gives freshman ‘smart’ backpacks

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.

Drexel gives freshman ‘smart’ backpacks

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Researchers to Develop Sensing Fabrics for Monitoring Civil Infrastructures

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.

Researchers to Develop Sensing Fabrics for Monitoring Civil Infrastructures

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Back to school special Members of MIT’s class of 2021 get a free backpack — and a glimpse at the future of “smart” fabrics.

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.

Back to school special : Members of MIT’s class of 2021 get a free backpack — and a glimpse at the future of “smart” fabrics

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MIT Freshmen Receive AFFOA-Devleoped Smart Backpacks

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.

MIT Freshmen Receive AFFOA-Devleoped Smart Backpacks

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5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Started: Jerry Wilmink, CEO of WiseWear

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.

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Started: Jerry Wilmink, CEO of WiseWear

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LUMEN by Jenny Sabin Studio – 2017 MOMA Young Architect Program Winner

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

LUMEN by Jenny Sabin Studio - 2017 MOMA Young Architect Program Winner

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Hi-tech fabric could revive textiles

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.

Hi-tech fabric could revive textiles

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URI biomedical engineering professor creating smart gloves to monitor Parkinson’s disease patients

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.

URI biomedical engineering professor creating smart gloves to monitor Parkinson’s disease patients

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PhilaU Team Helps Develop Protective Garment for Military

A Philadelphia University-lead team recently completed work on two prototypes of protective suits for the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in partnership with the Battelle Memorial Institute.

PhilaU Team Helps Develop Protective Garment for Military

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Manufacturing Day, Oct. 7, 2016

Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

Manufacturing Day, Oct. 7, 2016

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Olympians’ outfits have ties to Carolinas

Inman Mills produced the combed cotton used in the white bottoms athletes will wear. The combed cotton was woven at the Ramey Plant at Inman Mills’ Enoree site.

Olympians' outfits have ties to Carolinas

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The Washington Post: Robots, swarming drones and ‘Iron Man’: Welcome to the new arms race

“At a recent conference put on by Defense One, a website that provides news and analysis on defense and national security, highlighted an effort to produce “revolutionary textiles that combine fibers with electronics to create fabrics that can sense, communicate, store energy, monitor health, change color, and much more.”
The Pentagon speaks of its “Third Offset Strategy,” a way to offset shrinking budgets and transient technological superiority. The first offset was the use of nuclear deterrence to keep the Soviets at bay starting in the 1950s. The second was the advent of new precision munitions and stealth to overwhelm robust air and ground forces of adversaries.”

The Washington Post: Robots, swarming drones and ‘Iron Man’: Welcome to the new arms race

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Bloomberg.com Global Tech Issue Five Substances of the Future

“These fibers are to fabric what the neuron is to the brain, or the transistor is to the computer chip.” —MIT professor Yoel Fink, creator.
Fink’s institute, the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, is working with 30 universities and 50 companies to create new textiles.

Bloomberg.com Global Tech Issue Five Substances of the Future

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TechTimes: Public Private Consortium Pours $317 Million For AFFOA: What The Project Is About

Consider this as the weave of the future. A U.S. public-private consortium receives $317 million of funding to develop advanced functional fibers – textiles and fabrics that can see, monitor a person’s health, and do so much more than protect one’s body from cold and heat.

TechTimes: Public Private Consortium Pours $317 Million For AFFOA: What The Project Is About

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FedScoop: DOD-MIT partnership will invent the “Internet of Fabrics”

AFFOA is working to create the “the Internet of Fabrics,” MIT President Rafael Reif said. In the coming years, it will integrate nontraditional technology into fibers and yarns, to both improve manufacturing and allow clothes to use internet devices.

FedScoop: DOD-MIT partnership will invent the “Internet of Fabrics”

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The Hill: Defense chief announces $317M hub to integrate tech into textiles

“As I often say, we in the Pentagon need to think outside of our five-sided box and formulate new ways to keep that enduring American technological edge,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech Friday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Right here, right now, we’re taking another step forward.”

The Hill: Defense chief announces $317M hub to integrate tech into textiles

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Reuters (PM story with video): Pentagon awards $75 million for advanced textiles institute

The initiative announced on Friday is one of a series of “Manufacturing Innovation Institutes” established by President Barack Obama. The others have focused on 3D printing, lightweight metals, integrated photonics, and other areas of technology.

Reuters: Pentagon awards $75 million for advanced textiles institute

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Associated Press (PM story): Futuristic Textile Facility to Open in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has been chosen to host a $317 million futuristic textiles manufacturing center with a goal of developing cutting-edge fabrics with a range of unusual properties, from being incredibly lightweight and flame-resistant to exceptionally strong or containing electronic sensors.U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter joined Gov. Charlie Baker and other state leaders on Friday in announcing the first-in-the-nation Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute, based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

Associated Press: Futuristic Textile Facility to Open in Massachusetts

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Washington Post: Time to change a diaper or car tire? Futuristic fabrics will let you know.

While the tech industry talks of “wearable” devices such as smartwatches, next-generation fabrics would literally create wearable computing devices that hang in our closets. What looks like a typical shirt might actually have some of the abilities of your smartphone or smartwatch

Washington Post: Time to change a diaper or car tire? Futuristic fabrics will let you know.

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Business Record: Iowa State a partner in new textile manufacturing institute

“Iowa State University is part of a new $317 million public-private partnership working to improve the design and function of protective clothing for military personnel, emergency responders and other professionals. The Department of Defense announced today it is dedicating $75 million over five years to the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America partnership to create the Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute, based at MIT. “

Business Record: Iowa State a partner in new textile manufacturing institute

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The Gazette: Iowa State University tapped for $317 million protective apparel project

“A lab at Iowa State University has been tapped to participate in the “Advanced Functional Fabrics of America” partnership, charged with creating the “Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute” based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

The Gazette: Iowa State University tapped for $317 million protective apparel project

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Spartanburg Herald Journal: $317M US textiles announcement expected today

“U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is expected to announce a $317 million initiative for the U.S. textile industry today at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. The plan seeks to transform textile manufacturing into a high-tech industry that can compete in the global marketplace.”

Spartanburg Herald Journal: $317M US textiles announcement expected today

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GSA Business: Clemson, Milliken, Inman Mills team on textile project

“U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has announced the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America plan today at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Carter said the efforts are expected to add more than 50,000 jobs in a wide range of U.S. industries by 2025, while advancing textile products that can see, hear, sense, communicate, monitor health, change color, and store and convert energy, the statement said. The independent nonprofit’s plan is intended to provide key services to industry, ranging from building prototypes to helping educate the employees who will work in textile plants of the future, the statement said.”

GSA Business: Clemson, Milliken, Inman Mills team on textile project

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Independent Mail: Clemson to be part of $317M overhaul of textile industry

“Clemson University researchers will be part of a $317 million rethink of America’s textile industry announced Friday by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

“Frady was on hand at Carter’s announcement Friday in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also met with other members of The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, the MIT consortium made up of manufacturers, universities and other groups across 28 states that will oversee the work.”

Independent Mail: Clemson to be part of $317M overhaul of textile industry

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Upstate Business Journal: Clemson, MIT to build $317M project for US textiles overhaul

“The project will operate under the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, a non-profit founded by MIT that will connect research to companies, companies to workers, and workers and students to education resources for the country’s technical textiles industry. Clemson University will spearhead the education component by developing virtual reality training and digital learning tools to equip employees for the world of tomorrow.”

“It turns out there is no company or university in the world that knows how to do all of this,” said MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics Director Professor Yoel Fink. “Instead of creating a single brick-and-mortar center, we set out to assemble and organize companies and universities that have manufacturing and ‘making’ capabilities into a network — a ‘distributed foundry’ capable of addressing the manufacturing challenges.”

Upstate Business Journal: Clemson, MIT to build $317M project for US textiles overhaul

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Greenville Online: Clemson working with Defense Department on $317 million textile project

“The project, led by new group Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, will be announced by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday. Advanced Functional Fabrics of America will work to create 50,000 textile jobs over the next nine years. Those jobs will help develop smart fabrics that can do things like store and convert energy, monitor a wearer’s health and change color.”

Greenville Online: Clemson working with Defense Department on $317 million textile project

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Orlando Business Journal: 7 things to know today, plus UCF scientist part of $317M project to revolutionize textiles

“It is an honor to be working in partnership with MIT on a major project of importance to the Department of Defense and the economy of our region and nation,” said J. Soileau, vice president for research and commercialization at UCF. “Dr. Abouraddy is a world leader in this next-generation field, and his experience, combined with the research team at CREOL and development of the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research in Osceola County, position Florida as a competitor in these high-stakes initiatives.”

Orlando Business Journal: 7 things to know today, plus UCF scientist part of $317M project to revolutionize textiles

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Orlando Sentinel: UCF partners with MIT in major federal high-tech research

“[University of Central Florida], in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will research textiles that can measure light, temperature, sound and other conditions, according to an announcement from UCF’s Office of Research and Commercialization.”

“The federal initiative for smart fiber technology stresses both military and commercial applications. The team that includes MIT and UCF will now be called Advanced Functional Fabrics of America. It’s goal, according to MIT, is to “disrupt one of the world’s oldest industries and keep nearly 50,000 jobs in the U.S. over the next 10 years.”

Orlando Sentinel: UCF partners with MIT in major federal high-tech research

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Al Dia News: Drexel brings Advanced Functional Fabrics to Philadelphia

“Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter recognized AFFOA as a part of the White House’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) in a ceremony at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier today.”

“Fibers and fabrics are among the earliest forms of human expression, yet have changed very little over the course of history,” Yoel Fink, PhD, director of MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics, who led the AFFOA proposal, said in a press release. “All this is about to change as functional fiber and yarn technologies meet traditional textile production and yield new products by design.”

Al Dia News: Drexel brings Advanced Functional Fabrics to Philadelphia

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Philly Voice: Drexel leads textile manufacturing innovation in $317M DoD initiative

“The research initiative will be headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., while Drexel will lead a local group comprised of researchers from Temple University, Philadelphia University, Penn State and Carnegie Mellon, as well as local associates ranging from DuPont and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania to the City of Philadelphia Office of Manufacturing and Industry.”

Philly Voice: Drexel leads textile manufacturing innovation in $317M DoD initiative