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Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory

EXPLORING THE CAPACITY OF KNIT STRUCTURES AND NOVEL MATERIALS TO PUSH DEVELOPMENT IN WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

Functional Fabrics, a/k/a smart textiles, are complex material systems that require large collaborative networks to make them a reality, from fiber to yarn to fabrics. Dynamic collaborations that bring together theoretical and experimental work of academic researchers and industrial partners from diverse disciplines—biotechnology, medicine, materials science, mechanical engineering, electronics, computer science, textile, product and fashion design—are essential for the successful design, prototyping and production of advanced textile technology. The successful integration of novel fibers and yarns into textile manufacturing processes will require a 21st century multidisciplinary approach that enables precision manufacturing and rapid prototyping, allowing for experimentation with small quantities of new materials prior to being scaled up for full production.

LEADING INNOVATION AND GROWTH IN ADVANCED FIBER AND FABRIC MANUFACTURING

Academic and industry partnerships foster new business ventures and help revive local manufacturing. Drexel’s commitment to economic growth and community development led it to become deeply invested and involved in Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), a national public-private partnership that brings together geographically diverse academic, public sector and industry capabilities and links them into a modern and efficient functional fabrics manufacturing ecosystem. As the regional hub for AFFOA, Drexel University will support its initiatives, leverage the burgeoning innovation ecosystem in University City and coordinate well-integrated production facilities, educational and workforce training programs to facilitate economic growth across the City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States.