The main aim of the project is to develop a liquid that has both antistatic and water-repellent properties intended for use in functional clothing and sportswear. Because the new technique allows chemicals to be applied with great precision, it will work to streamline the manufacturing process and make it more customized than today.
– This means a more cost effective and flexible manufacturing process. It will also reduce the ecological footprint as it will cause less textile waste and consume less energy, water and chemicals, professor Vincent Nierstrasz (picture) says, who coordinates the project at the Swedish School of Textiles.
This new, digitised technology is meant to replace the current manufacturing process employed to make the majority of sportswear and functional clothing on the market today.
– I’m convinced this technology will benefit many European companies that manufacture functional garments, particularly manufacturers of on-demand products.
DigiFun is financed by the research project CrossTexNet, which is a co-operation between seventeen European regions. The goal is for the project to coordinate separate research projects concerned with technical textiles and fibre-based materials in order to provide the industry with access to smarter and more efficient funding of research projects. The purpose is to improve the competitiveness of the textile industry by using the innovation potential and market potential in an international co-operation and counteract the fragmentation of European textile research and also its overlaps.
The DigiFun project will run for two years and the 1.5 million SEK received by the Swedish School of Textiles will go toward financing a position for a postdoctoral research fellow for the duration of the project. The project is a collaboration between the Swedish companies FOV Fabrics and TST Sweden and the Belgian Hogeschool Gent, Chemstream and VDW-consulting.