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.
Lincoln Laboratory celebrates opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
A Handshake in a Backpack - Drexel Freshmen Among First to Try Out Programmable Packs
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
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
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
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”.
Manufacturing USA News: Nominations Being Accepted for First-Ever Manufacturing USA Awards
Hacking functional fabrics to aid emergency response
MIT and other innovators design novel solutions for the battlefield, disaster sites, and other dangerous environments.
MIT News: Hacking functional fabrics to aid emergency response
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
Clothing tinkerers innovate fashion with science-based performance dresswear and 3-D knitting.
MIT News:Hacking apparel becomes lucrative business for alumni
AFFOA’s Advanced Fabric Revolution Could Mean Rebirth of Lowell Textile Industry
AFFOA’s Advanced Fabric Revolution Could Mean Rebirth of Lowell Textile Industry
AFFOA Reaches Milestone in Fabric Revolution Mission
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.
Hi-tech fabric could revive textiles
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
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
Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.
Manufacturing Day, Oct. 7, 2016
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
David Hinks became dean of the NC State College of Textiles in January 2016 after serving as its interim leader since July 2014.
Spotlight on College of Textiles Dean David Hinks of NCSU
“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
“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
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
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”
“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.”