To sign up for this cluster, use Bison code L.27376.
Important note: students G&T (Health and Applied Technology) use L.27377.
This cluster consists of the following projects:

Personalized pessary

Do you want to combine 3D printing with the improvement of our healthcare? Then this project needs you! Women who suffer under a prolabs have the option to remedy this by using a pessary. The current problem is that these pessaries have fixed sizes and fits, which causes that for many women the standard sizes don’t fit, causing problems like decupitus. In this project you will explore the possibilities of making a ‘personlised’ pessary. You will look into possibilities of modelling tailored pessaries based on 3D images. Together with medical specialists and researchers, you will decide when the fit will be sufficient. Using 3D printing, the fit can be optimized for every woman. You will test your findings using 3D printing.

HiTex 2.0

Textile companies have to innovate, enter a world that is increasingly dominated by Internet Of Things, Home Automation and other smart products. Textiles are a perfect platform for this connected environment: they are an accepted part of our living environment as interior and floor coverings and their structure is very suitable for the integration of electrical components. International companies such as Nike and Adidas are picking up on this, but Google and Apple also have recent patents on circuits integrated in textiles. A group of Dutch textile and electronics companies, which cover the entire value chain, are developing the route to ’embedded textile’ with professors, researchers and students from Saxion and Fontys. The aim is that electronic components can be integrated directly and precisely with this textile carrier, enabling them to communicate in and with the environment. Production methods that will be used are inkjet printing, 3D weaving, technical embroidery, laminating and coating. The result: an innovative multi-layer robust textile that enables functionalities such as light, warmth (energy transition) and sensing (health & safety) in products such as photovoltaic roofs, adaptive sunscreens, smart carpets and protective clothing. These products enable companies to respond to such megatrends. By joining this Smart Solution Project, you can be part of this initiative and develop an innovative demonstrator that provides insight into the practical application of embedded smart textiles. Furthermore, you can develop business cases that put the new embedded textile technology at the heart of the Internet of Things market. EEE and F&TT students form the core of this project. As different routes towards applications can be taken, the project is open for a variety of programmes. You can simulate and calculate use cases, develop business cases or applications.

Innovative Dressage Tailcoat

Exclusive Dressage Tailcoats is a young entrepreneur specialized in creating customized tailcoats for the dressage discipline of horseriding. Together with my clients, I design and develop the perfect tailcoat for them to wear at their competitions. I use my personal experience as a horserider combined with my skills in garment fitting and textile knowledge to create a tailcoat that fits their needs and wishes. This so that they can perform on the highest level of dressage. The challenge within the dressage branch is to find the right balance between the requirements set by the FEI and the KNHS and the personal wishes of the dressage rider. Combined with the possibilities/limitations of the materials. This sometimes results into compromises regarding fit and heat build-up in the current garments as worn by the dressage riders. The sport of dressage horse riding is a very traditional one, where history and heritage are crucial factors to take into account. Assignment direction: I would like you to investigate the possibilities of thinking outside of the box and come up with an innovative dressage tailcoat 2.0 which meets the requirements of all the stakeholders involved. Directions for you to consider are: develop an active cooling device using wearable electronics and integrate that within the product, optimize the fit of the product using a bodyscan device to analyse the various postures of the horse rider when performing a dressage exercise, investigate new materials which are lighter in weight and still provide maximum protection and comfort to the rider, monitoring your training session or performance using sensor technology in the tailcoat which can be registered and analysed afterwards. The end product should be a proof of concept and/or a prototype.

Innovative acoustic textiles solutions

Acoustic conditions in a residence or working place have been noted as a leading source for dissatisfaction, even more than furnishing, thermal comfort, light and air quality (research of Center for the Built Environment). The WHO even states that noise is an underestimated threat that can cause a number of short- and long-term health problems, such as for example sleep disturbance, cardiovascular effects, poorer work and school performance, hearing impairment, etc. Low and Bonar produces advanced, high-performance materials from polymer-based yarns and fibers. Low & Bonar products help our customers build better, faster, safer and stronger, delivering more beautiful and elegant solutions, while contributing to a more sustainable world. The Colcore technology is an innovative technology developed by Low & Bonar. This technology results in materials having an unique combination of high acoustic performance, strength, and is easy to install. Colcore products are a revolutionary composition of textile materials and a honeycomb structure. Low and Bonar had identified three potential end markets for its new innovative technology, namely: End-market 1) Cross laminated timber houses. Cross laminated timber houses is gaining popularity in The Netherlands.  Cross Laminated Timber, CLT is an engineered-wood product that promises to take wood-based construction to a whole new level. Cross-laminated timber first emerged in Europe, and then it gained popularity in the US and other locations. The material has proved efficient for use in various building typologies, ranging from low to high-rises. Furthermore, it has shown competency in the matters of strength, speed, and cost, compared to both concrete and steel. End-market 2) Temporary buildings. Temporary buildings can be found as e.g. office paces and schools. Typically building methods have to fast and at a low cost. The question is, is there enough attention for acoustic conditions for the users of these temporarily buildings? End market 3) Renovation of existing buildings. Renovation of existing buildings is a big segment in The Netherlands and Europe. Older buildings do not always meet the quality standards of today. Renovation often means that constructions of walls and floors has to re-build or modified. Quality standards differ depending the usage and type of the building: hospital, education, commercial, hospitality, residential or a public building. Assignment: The project objective is to investigate the current acoustic solutions in any of the three identified end markets? Are there trends or innovations? What are the current challenges and requirements? Who are the decision makers for acoustic solutions in the respective end markets? Would Colcore have an additional value and what would that be? Another objective is to generate insights of market data like volume, prices, segmentations and channels.

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