Launching the Textile Prototyping Lab
Fraunhofer IZM and the Weißensee Academy of Art in Berlin 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. Visitors from research, industry, and public administration as well as financial supporters and representatives from fashion and textile start-ups were present for the launch on September 29, 2021. The event gave them a unique opportunity to discover the modular lab and technical facilities, with highlights including a live demonstration of the advanced embroidering machines, cutter plotters, laminators, and a special 3D printer. All visitors could get their own designs and logos printed as a memento of the TPL’s launch.