Timeline & Milestones

Keep a close eye on our key milestones and upcoming events!


  • August 8, 2018

    AFFOA’s own Michael Rein published his findings and research in Nature surrounding semiconductor communication in fibers. This research contributes to AFFOA’s mission and credits AFFOA employees, MIT graduate students and staff, and industry members.
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  • July 12, 2018

    With support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and three Manufacturing USA Institutes as contributors, UMass Lowell opened the Fabric Discovery Center (FDC) in July 2018.
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  • June 13 & 14, 2018

    AFFOA hosted the 2018 Members Only Workshop on June 13-14. This event provided members with an opportunity to connect with others in the greater network, learn more about our enabling technologies and define paths to participate in AFFOA’s engagement opportunities.
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  • June 11-15, 2018

    Built for undergraduate students, AFFOA partnered with MIT and FIT on a program facilitating the intersection of design and engineering for products made of advanced functional fibers, yarns and textiles. Students spent one week in Cambridge (June 11-15) and one week in New York City (NYC) (June 18-22).
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  • April 24, 2018

    AFFOA CEO Yoel Fink spoke to AFFOA’s mission, technology, and service at the 2018 Smart Fabrics Summit, hosted by U.S Department of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International.
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  • March 29, 2018

    AFFOA partnered with MIT-Venture Mentoring Service (MIT-VMS) to launch the first year-long pre-commercial part time program for entrepreneurs with a passion for advanced fabrics.
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  • February 16, 2018

    AFFOA proudly announced a pilot project for advanced functional fabric (AFF) curricula development with the Greater Lawrence Technical School (GLTS), the MIT Edgerton Center and the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Studio Education Foundation.
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  • February 7, 2018

    AFFOA announced a new MicroAward pilot program designed to engage member organizations in prototyping projects. These projects will support rapid iteration in product design and development, AFFOA roadmap execution, manufacturing readiness and scale, and development of educational tools and the workforce.
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  • November 14, 2017

    Drexel University, in collaboration with 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.
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  • October 27, 2017

    At the Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC), engineers develop advanced fiber technologies for a range of national security applications. The facility houses state-of-the-art equipment for functional fiber and fabric design, fiber device drawing, textile production, and system integration.
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  • July 28, 2017

    Advanced Functional Fabrics in Challenging Environments
    July 28 – 30 at the MIT Media Lab
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  • June 19, 2017

    AFFOA will launch state-of-the art products and unveil first of its kind facility that will provide end-to-end prototyping, start-up incubation space and workforce development activities in the field of advanced fabrics and fibers.
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  • May 31st, 2017

    AFFOA’s Advanced Fabric Revolution Could Mean Rebirth of Lowell Textile Industry: Lowell-Based Fabric Discovery Center Receives $10 Million
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  • May 25th, 2017

    AFFOA celebrated an important milestone as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, led by the Baker-Polito Administration, announced a $2.2 million grant for a Defense Fabric Discovery Center (D-FDC).
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  • April 14th, 2017

    AFFOA has amassed an ecosystem of 100 members who are all focused on revolutionizing the textiles business in the US.
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  • April 1, 2017

    To commemorate the occasion, AFFOA hosted former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who originally announced the funding in April 2016, and updated him on the year’s incredible achievements. Hear more from our member Sienna Construction here.

  • February 1, 2017

    AFFOA issues its pilot call for proposals for the creation of Fabric Discovery Centers, regional centers aimed at facilitating growth in the advanced fabric space.
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  • December 19, 2016

    One unique way in which AFFOA connects their members to one-another is through their brand new web portal, which allows members to list particular interests and capabilities, introducing them to other members and forging collaborative relationships.
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  • December 17, 2016

    The Project Call Day is a special event for AFFOA members to meet, connect and learn about AFFOA’s first project call topics. The AFFOA team will provide an update on our latest capabilities, including our soon-to-be-launched member portal, and will answer questions regarding the project call. Learn more here.

  • November 30, 2016

    AFFOA issues its first call for projects, specifically requesting advanced fabric product prototypes that will lead to pilot production and new business models. Learn More Here

  • October 7, 2016

    Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Join us at the next Manufacturing Day
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  • July 28, 2016

    AFFOA’S diverse membership is expected to impact the economy across multiple market segments – the institute is innovating “everywhere a fiber goes.”
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  • July 21, 2016

    AFFOA partners with US entities that design, model, measure, supply or integrate fibers, yarns, fabrics and textile products or conduct research for defense and civilian applications.
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  • April 1, 2016

    Former Secretary of Defense Ash B. Carter announces $317 million in funding for AFFOA. The institute will accelerate innovations in fibers and fabrics, which has broad applications across industries.
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