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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. 

  • NOV
    18

    UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Lunch and Learn Series: Without strong financial planning, you can’t put your startup in the best position to succeed. But in a dynamic startup, a static budget will leave founders guessing. A comprehensive and adaptable financial model lays the groundwork for you to reach your business goals through accurate forecasting, in-depth scenario planning and proper expense management. Learn how to navigate the complexity of back-office finances so you can best invest in your business. This hybrid workshop is free and open to all. Register for an in-person spot (space is limited) or virtual option (Zoom link provided).

    12:00 PM

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