Textile Prototyping Lab


Textile Prototyping Lab
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The TPL pop-up lab offers not just consulting services and facilities to create textile elec-tronics, but also provides a great modular space e.g. for interactive workshops. © Textile Prototyping Lab
Prototype jacket developed in the TPL in cooperation with the Hans Riegel Founda-tion: Integrated motion sensors can actively vary the jacket’s colour.

The Textile Prototyping Lab is Germany’s first and premier open lab for high-tech textiles. With its complete prototyping infrastructure and competent interdisciplinary team, the TPL is the perfect place for sophisticated and complex textile projects.

Founded as a shared research initiative of five organizations dedicated to textile and electronics research, design, and modern business, the Textile Prototyping Lab considers itself an open, agile, and interdisciplinary space for textile prototyping. Its mission and principle is: open innovation.

As part of the project, Fraunhofer IZM developed and established a modular pop-up lab for prototyping e-textiles.

The facilities enable creative minds, SMEs, start-ups and their industry partners as well as students to pursue their visions of textiles levelled up with electronic features and functions.

Their work benefits from the unique prototyping kit developed at Fraunhofer IZM. The kit helps them create textile-integrated electronics with both conventional techniques like knitting and novel industrial approaches like the textile bonder.

Project information

Duration: 01 June 2017 – 31 December 2021

Funding reference number: 03ZZ0650C

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The TPL is financed by the futureTEXproject, one of the winners of the “Zwanzig20 – Partnerschaft für Innovation” programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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Project Partners

  • Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin
  • Prototypes for Europe
  • Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstiut e.V.
  • Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen-Vogtland e.V

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Fraunhofer IZM and the weißensee academy of art in Berlin have opened a unique open innovation lab for prototyping textile electronics. Fitted with the latest in high-tech equipment and machines, the Textile Prototyping Lab (TPL) can turn e-textile visions into real fabrics and garments with its interdisciplinary team of scientists and artists.

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