Fraunhofer IZM and the weissensee academy of art, Berlin/Germany, have opened Germany’s first 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.
On September 29, 2021 the Textile Prototyping Lab formally opened at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM, Berlin. The textiles of the future will be electronic, as these 2 worlds, so far apart and unrelated at first sight, turn out to form the ideal symbiosis for many areas. The eponymous collaboration project was introduced in 2017 with the weissensee academy of art, Fraunhofer IZM, and other project partners and has already produced many creative and futuristic high-tech textiles. From garments with built-in sensors to stretchable design objects or intelligent industrial fabrics, (almost) anything is possible.
The launch of the TPL represents the next step for the team behind the initiative: They plan to use the cutting-edge facilities to explore new aspects and technologies for prototyping textile electronics and smart textiles and to immediately try out their ideas in the spirit of open innovation. Highlights include embroidery machines, cutting plotters, laminators and a 3D printer.