May 15, 2017

Research project: Textile Prototyping Lab

The Textile Prototyping Lab (TPL) is Germany's first openly accesible laboratory for prototyping future-relevant textile products.

Supported by the German Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF) as part of the futureTEX program, we are running the Textile Prototyping Lab. Based on the concept of Open Innovation and inspired by a workflow that is characteristic for Fab Labs, we are researching how a textile studio would look like that can bring together freelance designers & engineers, startups, research institutions and SMEs from the textile industry. 

Our research is as practical as it gets which is why we are running a pop-up TPL right now together with kunsthochschule weißensee berlin inside Fab Lab Berlin. This includes machines for knitting, jacquard weaving, finishing and an electronics station. However, that is just what we are hosting at Fab Lab Berlin. As far as our project partners are concerned, there is much more to access. Our other project partners are three prestigious research insitutes that will help to transfer cutting-edge technologies for future-relevant textiles to our users: Fraunhofer IZM, Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut and Textilforschungsinsitut Thüringen-Vogtland. Let us know if you are interested by sending a mail to!


Managing Director

Written by

Daniel Heltzel

focusses on the lab's International Relations, its Responsible Research & Innovation strategy and Innovation Facilitation.

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