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Fraunhofer opens E-textile labs in Berlin

Jun 03, 2021
Fraunhofer opens E-textile labs in Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Research lab Fraunhofer IZM and Weissensee Kunsthochschule have opened an e-textile lab in Berlin in collaboration. The entire laboratory can be used for interfaces between textiles and electronics to test process chains. The designers can use a prototyping kit that includes a series of LEDs, sensors, and electronic modules developed at Fraunhofer IZM. These modules are both handmade and machine-made. The collaboration has produced developments that combine both art and research.

According to Malte Von Krshiwoblozki, Provider of scientific support, Fraunhofer IZM, the workstations and meeting areas are attractive for joint project work. He also said that the machinery offers a wide range for interested parties and cited an example saying that the ‘sewing and embroidery’ work area has sewing machines as well as a computer-controlled embroidery machine. Another similar area of the lab has “Cutting & Separating” with a laser cutter, laminators, printers, a soldering station, and a cutting plotter. 

Von Krshiwoblozki added that, the textile bonder can be used in cooperative projects of the Textile Prototyping Lab for durable electronic textiles and the modules of the prototyping kit are designed in such a way that they are versatile and can integrate technology. He said that the team of Fraunhofer IZM can provide technical ideas to the artists in case of textile projects so that the artists’ ideas can be supported by new technology.

Source – eeNews Europe

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