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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.

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. 

  • AUG

    Live Webinar

    Phase 3 of Massachusetts’ reopening plan has been good news for certain businesses that have been closed for months. But opening in a pandemic means new restrictions and new procedures that fall squarely on the shoulders of small business owners. In this webinar, hear from three local entrepreneurs who have adapted their downtown Haverhill businesses to make the best possible outcomes in the new normal in which we are living.


    Anthony Ruiz | The Compound

    Caroline Pineau | Stem

    Jason Petrou | Krueger Flatbread

    Program Moderator: Lauren Brenner | President of Amplified Insurance HR Services Department

    Please register for this event to receive the zoom login information.

    Presented by: UMass Lowell Innovation Hub,, and the Greater Haverhill Chamber

    12:00 PM

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