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Challenges

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Challenges

Re-FREAM is an invitation to artists and designers to join and submit a project proposal within one of the following three areas of research:

IZM-Smart Pixel Textile Display

From analog to connected

The integration of electronics into textiles enables new potentials of how we communicate in the future with each other in the post-smartphone era and to find new ways of interaction between the human body and its environment.

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From 2D to 3D

Traditionally, the predominant use of textiles as fashion materials has led to the development of 2D pattern-making methods for dressing the complex shape of the three-dimensional human body. Nowadays, digital design tools allow us to easily design and 3D print complex shapes for the human body.

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From linear to sustainable circular systems

Nature works in cycles - nothing is wasted, everything is reused. In contrast, the textile industry operates in a linear way, leading to extreme wastefulness and pollution.

The focus of the research lies on the FUTURE URBAN MANUFACTURING OF FASHION by using additive manufacturing, smart textiles and sustainable finishing together with social and environmental values to create a new value chain for the fashion industry. The goal is to put more emphasis on these two trends:

Small Scale Production

Additionally apparel manufacturing will not only be about simply making physical products. It will also cater to the fundamental shift of economics of production through customizations and customer-demand personalization.

Customization

Additionally apparel manufacturing will not only be about simply making physical products. It will also cater to the fundamental shift of economics of production through customizations and customer-demand personalization.

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The research will be carried out at three different European scientific hubs (Berlin, Linz, Valencia). Each hub is dedicated to one of these areas of research – we call them challenges.

From analog to connected

(Hub Berlin)

The integration of electronics into textiles enables new potentials of how we communicate in the future with each other in the post-smartphone era and to find new ways of interaction between the human body and its environment.

This local research hub focusing on electronics and textiles will be set up with WIB, IZM with the help of STR and PRO developments. Artists will gain the possibility to create smart fashion and together with researchers develop new ways of electronic modules, special textile electronic interconnected devices for enhancing flexibility and conductive paths. Novel ways of merging “smart” functionalities with creative textile design and challenging the technical researcher with visions not addressed by now.

A basis for the first will be the provisioning of a set of miniature, highly functional electronic module building blocks with an easy interconnect scheme and adapted power supply features. The expectation for the second is that beyond the technology modules, novel challenges will be formulated enabling the technology researchers to look creatively beyond their current state of the art.

Novel approaches within Re-FREAM like stretchable breathable circuits laminated to the fabric and direct printing to of conductor lines with e.g. silver filled polymer pastes will enable creative design. UV curable conductive inks will be optimized which address the issues of structuring, scalability and environmental concerns. Novel circuit board concepts for nonwoven fabrics will be assessed and made available.

Locality and sustainability in the creative and technological process will be part of the joint cooperation.

The goal is to integrate eco-design into the creation of an art-piece, in order to reduce the environmental impact through eco- design recommendation already in the idea and development phase and to help artists to take more environmentally friendly decisions when creating a high-tech art piece.

This objective also underscores the concept of a resource- friendly urban manufacturing on-demand, which strengthens the local sourcing, manufacturing and customer basis.

Watch a Hub Berlin Live Webinar Recap

These awarded projects used the technologies in the hub:
IZM-Smart Pixel Textile Display

Technologies used in this hub:

  • Conductive printing technology
  • Simulation of human thermal sensation and physiological response
  • Thermal sweating manikins and instruments for characterisation of wearing comfort
  • Integration of electronics into textiles
  • Flexible, soft and elastic textile-integrated conductors
  • E-Textile hardware
  • Support in eco-design and physical computing
  • 3D Printing – PolyJet of conductive materials only with Profactor

Scientific partners working in this hub:

  • Fraunhofer IZM
  • Profactor
  • EMPA

From 2D to 3D

(Hub Linz)

Traditionally, the predominant use of textiles as fashion materials has led to the development of 2D pattern-making methods for dressing the complex shape of the three-dimensional human body. Nowadays, digital design tools allow us to easily design and 3D print complex shapes for the human body.

This research hub will focus on the PolyJet technology from project partner Stratasys. This technology is similar to the well-known ink-jet printing processes but uses curable liquid acrylic-based photopolymer resins onto a build tray to build up 3D structures. With this technique it is possible to build up objects by additive manufacturing, also commonly known as 3D printing.

The goal of this research hub is directly printing of clothes and fashion articles. The development of a virtual software guide for 3D printing fashion products will enable artists and interested people the facilitated use of modelling for 3D printing with the PolyJet technology and other technologies.

The design software guide should be the international standard tool for fashion designers for development and production of 3D printed fashion products.

Watch a Hub Linz Live Webinar Recap

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Technologies used in this hub:
  • 3D Printing – PolyJet
  • 3D Printing – Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
  • 3D Printing – Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Body Scanning
  • Laser Cutting and Engraving
  • Vacuum Casting
  • Injection Molding
  • Design modeling software
Scientific partners working in this hub:
  • Profactor
  • Stratasys
  • Haratech
  • UFG
  • EMPA

From linear to sustainable circular systems

(Hub Valencia)

Nature works in cycles - nothing is wasted, everything is reused. In contrast, the textile industry operates in a linear way, leading to extreme wastefulness and pollution.

The main goal of this local research hub focussing on eco-innovative finishing in the textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) sectors is to develop new eco-innovative finishing techniques that allow the artist to create novel products by applying new nebulization and laser technology finishing treatments directly to the end-products/articles.

The objective of this hub is to develop finishing techniques that combine the application of the finishing treatment directly in the end-product/article, allowing the total customization of the garment under the concept ‘one person, one garment’.

A second objective is to use new finishing technologies more environmentally friendly (less water, chemical products and energy consumption ), therefore the technologies to be developed will combine the use new finishing treatment applied to end-products/articles, less contaminant techniques and customization of small series of products.

Watch a Hub Valencia Live Webinar Recap

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Technologies used in this hub:

  • Simulation of human thermal sensation and physiological response
  • Thermal sweating manikins and instruments for characterisation of wearing comfort
  • Ozone Technology ​ (colour fading)​
  • Laser Technology
  • Micro-nebulization Technology​
  • R+D Garment finishing laboratory with ECOFinish technology
  • 3D Printing on textile – PolyJet, FFF, SLA only with Profactor

Scientific partners working in this hub:

  • AITEX
  • Care Applications
  • Profactor
  • EMPA