Recent breakthroughs in fiber materials and manufacturing processes will soon allow us to design and wear fabrics that see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health, change color — as well as function in a networked capacity.
Forward-thinking manufacturers and researchers are connecting with one another to unlock the potential of these emerging technologies to design better products and drive growth.
The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) is uniquely positioned to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers, research institutions, and universities determine how and where advanced functional fabrics can contribute to the success of their respective enterprises. As part of the MEP National Network, the go-to experts for advancing U.S. manufacturing, and with staff onsite at the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America institute (AFFOA), the national institute for the adoption of advanced fibers and textiles, MassMEP connects manufacturers, research institutions, and universities with the resources they need to begin to realize the potential of advanced fabric technology.
This important service supports manufacturers and researchers in leveraging advanced functional fabrics to produce better products and grow their enterprises, fostering manufacturing innovation and strengthening U.S. manufacturing.
To learn more about the potential of advanced functional fabrics, connect with MassMEP by filling out the form on this page.
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Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership
MassMEP is a collaborative center comprised of government, business, and academic partners dedicated to helping manufacturers meet the challenges of competing in an ever-changing economy. Focused on three core areas of expertise designed to help deliver positive, measurable, and sustainable growth, MassMEP provides manufacturers with the resources they need to succeed in today’s advanced manufacturing environment by helping them identify, analyze, and overcome strategic, operational, and workforce challenges.
Advanced Functional Fabrics of America
AFFOA works to enable a manufacturing-based revolution by transforming traditional fibers, yarns, and fabrics into highly sophisticated, integrated, and networked devices and systems. AFFOA leads the convergence of semiconductor technology into fiber and textile production to commercialize textile products that see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health, and change color while delivering the conventional qualities of textiles to benefit the commercial consumer and warfighter.