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Fabric Discovery Center (FDC)

The Future of Functional Fabrics is Here

Where small businesses, startups and large organizations turn ideas into valuable solutions.

The UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center is home to the first and only site in the nation that integrates discoveries from three Manufacturing USA Innovation Institutes.

Polymers and Textiles Conference 2019

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Join us for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' (AIChE) Polymers and Textiles Conference from Nov. 6 - 8, 2019 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This conference will cover manufacturing and innovations, advancements in materials and fibers, workforce development, advanced textiles applications, business development for advance materials and products and aspects of sustainability.

Learn more and register at the AIChE website.

110 Canal Street building

The 28,000-square foot Fabric Discovery Center located at 110 Canal St. in downtown Lowell features dedicated space for design, prototyping, pilot manufacturing and testing.

Use an Integrated Approach to Develop Functional Fabrics

The synergy between high-tech fabrics and flexible electronics combined with robotics could change the world. Just imagine developing products such as:

  • Fabrics that respond to temperature changes.
  • Fire resistant fabrics made from materials found in nature.
  • Fabrics that prevent water, oil or chemical penetration.
  • Fibers with self-healing nanocapsules.
  • Medical textiles that heal wounds, devices that prevent stroke.
  • Wearable electronics embedded in shirts and shoes that measure vital signs.
  • Power generating clothes, briefcase or shelter via weaveable organic photovoltaics.

To advance manufacturing, spark innovation and train workers for higher paying jobs, Massachusetts made a substantial commitment to develop the Manufacturing USA infrastructure within the state’s academic, research and manufacturing industry. 

  • DEC

    Work. Meet. Create.
    Join us for our monthly Community Coworking Day. Network and engage with entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Greater Merrimack Valley at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Haverhill.

    Networking breakfast and lunch included.
    Join us for a special lunch and learn presentation every month. Topics to be covered include insurance, financial planning, marketing/social media, and more. 

    Register here:

    iHub Haverhill

    2 Merrimack St, 3rd Floor

    Haverhill, MA 01830

    9:00 AM
  • DEC

    For our next Entrepreneur Development Series workshop, the Innovation Hub Haverhill, 2 Merrimack St., 3rd Floor, will pull back the curtain with two experienced entrepreneurs and take you through their journeys – ups and downs, good and bad and what the future holds: .Brenna Schneider, Founder and CEO of 99Degrees, a performance activewear and wearable technology manufacturer headquartered in Lawrence; and Tim Panagos, a serial entrepreneur with bruises from founding three startups, including his current 7-year-old startup, The program will be moderated by Tom O’Donnell, Senior Director Innovation Initiatives at UMass Lowell. This program is free and open to the public.

    6:00 PM
  • MAR

    VIP Reception for M2D2 $200K Challenge corporate sponsors and competition finalists

    3:00 PM
  • MAR

    M2D2's annual pitch-off event where finalists in the $200K Challenge present their medical device and biotech innovations to a panel of judges and to an audience.

    5:00 PM

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