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The programming and facilities provided at the Fabric Discovery Center are supported in part by our sponsors. If your company would like to learn more about sponsoring activities or equipment, please contact Arlene Parquette by email:

  • The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development promotes vibrant communities, growing businesses, and a strong middle class.

    Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

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    University of Massachusetts Lowell

  • Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), is a non-profit Institute headquartered near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is one of the latest members of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Institutes. AFFOA’s mission enables a manufacturing-based revolution—the transformation of traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles into highly sophisticated integrated and networked devices and systems.

    Advanced Functional Fabrics of America

  • The formation of NextFlex has been a benefit to the rapidly expanding field of Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE).  Formed in 2015 through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of Defense (DoD) and FlexTech Alliance, NextFlex is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits and state, local and federal governments with a shared goal of advancing U.S. Manufacturing of FHE. By adding electronics to new and unique materials that are part of our everyday lives in conjunction with the power of silicon ICs to create conformable and stretchable smart products, FHE is ushering in an era of “electronics on everything” and advancing the efficiency of our world.


  • THE ADVANCED ROBOTICS FOR MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE…A COOPERATIVE INSTITUTE WITH NATIONAL REACH As widespread adoption of robotics in manufacturing continues to grow, so do the issues of expense, single purpose inefficiency, reprogramming and isolation from humans for safety.  The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute integrates industry practices and institutional knowledge across many disciplines to realize the promises of a robust manufacturing innovation ecosystem.

    Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing