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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. 

  • MAY

    Innovation Hub Haverhill Emerging Technology Speaker Series

    How Analytics & Big Data are Influencing the World Around Us

    Live Webcast, May 20 at 6 p.m. 

    While hindsight is said to be 20/20, businesses aim to operate with 20/20 insight into their business operations and customer base. The increasing availability of data and faster computing resources and devices have fostered this drive for gaining more business intelligence to make impactful decisions.

    In fact, in today's interconnected world driven by mobile technologies and Internet of Things (IoT), we have all become producers and consumers of analytics.

    Explore the world of analytics and gain a better understanding of current technologies and those soon to arrive on the scene. We will talk about a wide variety of applications ranging from natural language processing to image recognition.

    Come and learn about the capabilities of today's analytics technologies to become smarter contributors and users of data in everyday life.


    Amit V. Deokar is Associate Professor of Management Information Systems in the Manning School of Business at the UMass Lowell. Prof. Deokar received his Ph.D. in MIS from the University of Arizona and has held academic appointments for nearly 15 years. Prof. Deokar’s research is in the areas of data analytics, enterprise data management, business intelligence, business process management, and collaboration processes. Prof. Deokar is involved in building industry collaborations and serves as a consultant to organizations in the areas of data analytics and business process management.

    Register online to receive access to live webinar:

    6:00 PM

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