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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. 

  • APR
    Learn to embrace and use your strengths to be more productive and engaged in your life from Anne Marie Messier, founder of Straightline Management Solutions. This workshop is sponsored by Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union. Register to receive to Zoom link.
    12:00 PM
  • MAY

    All are welcome to the iHub's lunch and learn series with Maria Di Stefano, Northeast Regional Director, Massachusetts Office of Business Development who will provide resources and updates on state programs, collaborations and opportunities for all types of businesses. This networking workshop is ideal for startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to connect with others in the region and learn about resources and support for businesses, especially as the economy emerges from what we hope is the worst of the pandemic crisis.

    12:00 PM
  • JUN

    UMass M2D2 and CAPCaT are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Big Company / Little Company Showcase Event.

    Keynote address will be given by Bruce J. Tromberg, PhD, Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he oversees an approximately $400 million per year portfolio of research programs focused on developing, translating, and commercializing engineering, physical science, and computational technologies in biology and medicine.  In addition, he leads NIBIB’s $500 million Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx Tech) innovation initiative to increase SARS-COV-2 testing capacity and performance.

    CAPCaT awardees will pitch their point-of-care innovations to a panel of reviewers made up of executives from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Philips Ventures, Amgen Ventures, Boston Scientific, and Siemens Healthineers.

    9:00 AM

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