FIT-MIT Research Collaboration
Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is a Cambridge, Massachusetts–based nonprofit focusing on the transformation of traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles into integrated and networked devices and systems. Over two weeks in June 2018, FIT and MIT teamed up for a workshop, held collaboratively with AFFOA, to explore and develop clothing concepts using advanced functional materials that incorporate 3D printing or sophisticated knitting technologies. Three students from each college spent one week at MIT in Cambridge and one week at FIT in New York City. Collaboration and exploration were the goal, bringing students to the forefront of how advancements in technology can impact the makeup, design, and function of a product. Additionally, students learned about bringing their ideas to market through an intensive entrepreneurship boot camp, and received feedback on their concepts from industry professionals.