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In addition to workshops, studios, lectures and independent studies, FTC collaborates with faculty from other colleges at UC, nationwide, and internationally on design projects related to fashion, textiles and technology. Our labs have gained notoriety in publication and press regionally, nationally and internationally.


eXthereal

Fashion in Extended Reality Online Conference

Please join the exthereal virtual conference on Nov 29-Dec 1 and discover digital fashion with industry visionaries! Registration is free. Sign up at www.exthereal.com

Wearable Futures

Click the image to view the documentary film produced in collaboration with the Digital Media Collaborative and students from the Electronic Media program at UC. The documentary showcases the FTC's Wearable Futures Lab and highlights the innovation of the Fashion Technology Center its impact for the future, as well as examining future risk factors for wearable tech.


Pioneering Carbon Nanotube Textiles

In collaboration with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS). A collaboration with UC Nanoworld Laboratory

Fashion Technology Center has played a vital role in developing Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Textiles for use in personal protective equipment (PPE) and other commercial applications. The CNT team, led by Assistant Professor Ashley Kubley, has been working on developing smart material composites with superior properties like extreme heat resistance, superior contaminant filtration, moisture wicking, conductivity, hydrophobicity and many other customizable properties. These materials are designed to be included in firefighter turnout gear and baselayer garments, face protection for healthcare workers and first responders, and can also be custom-designed for commercial applications for garments and textile products that can outperform the materials on the market today. The team has patented the technology and is currently in prototype development. The project has utilized machinery and software in each of the Fashion Technology Center labs for this research. The project was part of the 1819 Innovation Hub's Venture Lab Pre-Accelerator program and has received multiple grants and publications.

Covid-19 Quick Response Effort

Producing Masks for First Responders and Healthcare Workers in Need During the Pandemic

The University of Cincinnati Design Innovation team is addressing the worldwide challenging epidemic, by hacking the production system and using our FTC and DAAP technology enabled facilities.

The Covid-19 Quick Response Team led by Myron E. Ullman Jr. College of Design faculty (Claudia Rebola, Ashley Kubley, Steve Doehler and Nick Germann of the DAAP Rapid Prototyping Center) created social impact by collaborating with innovators from 1819 Innovation Hub, engineers from CEAS, healthcare professionals from UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and TriHealth and a network of over 100 students, faculty and staff volunteers to quickly retool our Fashion Technology Center and DAAP studio spaces into a PPE manufacturing hub. In March of 2020, in-person contact was not permitted, so the team was able to strategically and safely activate a distributed production system. This effort would not have been possible without the passionate individual volunteers who pitched in to help cut, assemble, finish and deliver the items to those in need. The effort of our collective team produced over 4000 masks and respirators for local hospitals, first responders, educators and patients in the local area.


In the face of early material shortages the team responded quickly to consider using sterile materials donated from the hospitals, up-cycled fabric waste from our fashion studios and donations of deadstock fabric materials from our local industry partners including Fechheimer, Scrubs + Beyond and donations of aluminum milled nose clips donated by the local sheetmetal workers union. We utilized laser cutting, ultrasonic welding and specialized industrial sewing equipment in the Fashion Technology Center and the Rapid Prototyping center to produce the masks.

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Second-skin for surfers

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For this project, DAAP Fashion students in Surface Design course were asked to creatively apply the embellishment techniques to design and create a custom mask that conceptually speaks to how the COVID-19 crisis has affected them or someone that they know. Students carefully considered materials, scale, placement, execution, technique and finishing for the design and creation of these unique, decorative and functional pieces.