Connecting textiles with new technologies offers diverse potential for innovations. To tap into this potential, textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen/Germany, has developed its Textile Makerspace.
The platform is intended to encourage exchange and offers interested parties the opportunity to test new technologies for their project. Among other things Textile Circuit focuses on the promising topics of smart textiles and wearables. Innovators from various fields are investigating the possibilities offered by string bar technology to incorporate electrically conductive yarns directly on the machine. Initial results include comfortable arm cuffs for controlling robots, textile charging stations for inductively charging smartphones and a T-shirt that measures vital functions. Further projects with field-based partners are underway at the headquarters in Obertshausen.
Since the end of 2020, customers can now also develop and implement ideas for e-textiles at Karl Mayer North America, Greensboro, NC/USA. A modified standard machine and competent service technicians are available for this purpose.