Important note: sign-up for CHEMISTRY (C), MECHATRONICS (MT), APPLIED PHYSICS (TN) and ENTREPRENEURSHIP & RETAIL MANAGEMENT (ORM) students use Bisoncode: L.26618
Important note: sign-up for FASHION & TEXTILE TECHNOLOGIES (FTT) students use bisoncode: L.26625


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 a innovative demonstrator that provide insights into the practical application of embedded smart textiles. Furthermore, you can develop business cases that puts the new embedded textile technology at the heart of the Internet of Things market.

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.

Required study programs:

Entrepreneurship & Retail Management (ORM): The ORM student can support the project by developing business cases. The challenge will be in balancing technology push and market pull.

Applied Physics (TN): The TN students can provide the project with their knowledge of physical processes and simulation thereof in relation to conductivity.

Mechatronics (MT): The MT student can support the project by developing production machinery e.g. pick and place techniques and in the specification of the system requirements.

Fashion & Textile Technologies (FTT): The FTT students can provide the project with their technical knowledge of textile materials and production processes.

Chemistry (C): The Chemistry students can provide the project with their technical knowledge and skills about chemical insights in the production process of the conductive materials and the characterization there of.

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