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Hacking the Human Element

Bringing together practitioners, technologists,
developers, academia, industry partners and
the military to build and demonstrate product
prototypes that incorporating wearable
technologies to enhance operator performance
in austere environments.

Hacking the Human Element

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Grand Opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center

Founded as a partnership between MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the
U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts, and the Advanced Functional Fabrics of
America (AFFOA), the DFDC houses a state-of-the-art end-toend
prototyping facility with capabilities spanning functional fiber
and fabric design, fiber device drawing, textile production, and
system integration.

Grand Opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center

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IPC to Host Free Webinar on New E-Textiles Standard Activity

Does your company manufacture or purchase e-textiles materials for use in your products? If so, you will want to attend a free IPC webinar on a new standard being developed by the IPC E-Textiles Materials Subcommittee.

IPC to Host Free Webinar on New E-Textiles Standard Activity

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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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Elizabeth Whelan Design wins top prize at FT Awards

Textiles studio Elizabeth Whelan Design took home the Launch of the Year trophy at last night’s Future Textiles Awards 2017, hosted at The Westin Grand Frankfurt, Germany. Kunal Mankodiya, of the University of Rhode Island, was named Innovator of the Year, and the team from Inuheat Group AB was successful in two separate categories.

Elizabeth Whelan Design wins top prize at FT Awards

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Contact Us

Questions?

Contact Tina Gilman, Director of Administration and Membership

tina@affoa.org

617-253-5957

AFFOA is headquartered in Cambridge, MA

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Academic

A Research and Development (R&D) and education powerhouse consisting of universities, blending classical textile studies with fiber design and technology-oriented programs.

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FIN

A nationwide collaborative infrastructure consisting of small and medium domestic manufacturers, academic labs and NPOs across the US and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that have committed unique and dedicated capacity in support of AFFOA projects. Assembled, coordinated, and managed by AFFOA, the FIN serves as its distributed project execution foundry with capabilities in all aspects of manufacturing in advanced textile systems including design and modeling, manufacturing of fibers and yarns as well as nonwovens, woven and knitted textiles plus assembly and system integration, including data and software services across prototyping and pilot production scales.

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Industry


Major industrial corporate members spanning the electronics, materials, apparel, transportation, fashion, defense, medical, and consumer goods manufacturing sectors have committed annual project funding.

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Start Up/NPO

A network of regional “fab-less” startup incubators dedicated to advanced fabrics will be set up with help from Venture Capital (VC) near our University Hubs.

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Rob DeMartini

Rob DeMartini

Rob joined USA Cycling in February 2019, bringing with him extensive knowledge and experience from a diverse background as well as strong business-building experience across various industries. A passionate athlete and cycling enthusiast, Rob was drawn to the opportunity to lead USA Cycling after recognizing the potential for the organization to take on a larger leadership role in the cycling industry.

Rob went to USA Cycling after spending 12 years as President and CEO of New Balance where under his leadership, New Balance doubled its global annual sales to reach $4.2B and achieved one of the highest growth rates in the athletic footwear and apparel industry. Prior to joining New Balance, his career at Procter & Gamble spanned 20 years, beginning in their Food & Beverage Division and including management roles with the Gillette Company, North American Snacks, and Millstone Coffee.

Rob is the past Chairman of The American Apparel & Footwear Association and is a current board member of The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, a nonprofit spinoff from MIT, focused on accelerating innovation in the apparel industry. He is also a board member of Welch Foods, a Farmer Owned Cooperative and Aloha Foods.

Rob earned his B.S. in Finance from San Diego State University. He resides with his Wife in Park City, Utah.

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Make available for domestic manufacturers the world’s largest cache of fiber device intellectual property

Make available for domestic manufacturers the world’s largest cache of fiber device intellectual property

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Create the first-ever fiber and fabric technology capability and manufacturing roadmaps for the integrated fabric industry

Create the first-ever fiber and fabric technology capability and manufacturing roadmaps for the integrated fabric industry

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Organize a Fabric Innovation Network, a collaborative National network of manufacturing nodes, to rapidly execute prototypes and pilot production of ‘integrated fabric products

Organize a Fabric Innovation Network, a collaborative National network of manufacturing nodes, to rapidly execute prototypes and pilot production of ‘integrated fabric products

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Fund ‘infrastructure’ projects to realize the technology and manufacturing roadmaps

Fund ‘infrastructure’ projects to realize the technology and manufacturing roadmaps and establish an accessible fiber and textile knowledge and data repository

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Product Strategy: Create a national network of “advanced fabric” startup incubators and connect them with market facing companies to enable exciting product ideas to emerge across the country

Product Strategy: Create a national network of “advanced fabric” startup incubators and connect them with market facing companies to enable exciting product ideas to emerge across the country

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Address challenges that prevent the volume manufacturing of innovative fibers and textiles for domestic production

Address challenges that prevent the volume manufacturing of innovative fibers and textiles for domestic production

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Enable companies to execute proprietary product projects for both consumer and defense applications

Enable companies to execute proprietary product projects for both consumer and defense applications

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CBS Radio (audio): Kim Tunnicliffe reports on the new high-tech fabrics institute

WBZ’s Kim Tunnicliffe tells us the “The president of MIT calls it the dawn of a fabric revolution.”

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Springfield Republican: US Defense Secretary to announce $317m MIT-based textile research center

US. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday to announce that Massachusetts will be the center of a new $317 million public-private research partnership related to textile manufacturing. “This manufacturing innovation institute will be the national leader in developing and commercializing textiles with extraordinary properties,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement.

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Associated Press (AM): Defense secretary to announce futuristic textiles hub at MIT

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter is visiting Cambridge to announce the creation of a $317 million futuristic textiles manufacturing hub based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Steve Rendle

Steve Rendle

Steve Rendle is President & Chief Operating Officer at VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories. VF had 2015 revenues of $12.4 billion and is owner of iconic brands, including The North Face®Vans®Timberland®Wrangler® and Lee®.

Rendle has more than 30 years of experience in the specialty outdoor and action sports industry, including 17 years at VF where his successful, value-creating career has been comprised of executive-level positions at both the brand and corporate levels. He is a member of VF’s Board of Directors, and its Operating and Executive Committees.

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Michael Spillane

Michael Spillane

Michael Spillane leads NIKE’s product engines and merchandising as President, Product & Merchandising. Spillane is responsible for developing the strategy that drives the creation of all NIKE footwear, apparel and equipment, and he leads the merchandising of all product to the global marketplace. Since he joined NIKE in 2007, Spillane has held leadership positions with Converse, Umbro, Greater China, and, most recently, Global Footwear. With extensive experience in marketing consumer products, Spillane previously held senior management roles at leading apparel and textile companies, including Malden Mills, Tommy Hilfiger USA, Jockey International, and Missbrenner, Inc.  Spillane serves on the board of directors at The Boston Beer Co., and Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA).

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Ray Stata

Ray Stata

Ray Stata was a cofounder of Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) in 1965 and served as CEO and Chairman until 1996. He now serves as Chairman of the Board. With sales of $3.4B, ADI is recognized for leadership in the design and manufacture of analog and digital signal processing semiconductors. Mr. Stata has been active as an investor in and board member of more than 40 early stage technology based new ventures.

Mr. Stata, class of ’57, holds a BSEE and MSEE from MIT. Until 2010 he served for many years as Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and as a member of MIT’s Executive Committee and the MIT Corporation. He also served on the visiting committees for Sponsored Research and for Linguistics and Philosophy. He is presently a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Council. He is also engaged in MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service which advises students and faculty who wish to become entrepreneurs.