Thermochromic Color Change
University of Central Florida
Innovation at AFFOA starts with understanding the problem. We actively use our ecosystem and resources to identify domestic advanced fiber and fabric capabilities with dual use case opportunities for defense and commercial applications. Our focus is centered on transitioning technologies in the Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 4-7 space. Through strategic facilitation and funding through projects, AFFOA helps transition technologies towards manufacturability and bridges the innovation valley of death.
AFFOA's MRL Focus Areas
AFFOA and its diverse ecosystem of members are developing and transitioning advanced fiber and fabric technologies that enable a multitude of capabilities and apply to a variety of applications and industries. Below is a snapshot of some of these innovations:
Boriskina Research Group at MIT
Center for Functional Fabrics at Drexel University
University of Massachusetts, Lowell & Saint-Gobain
AFFOA & MIT Lincoln Laboratory
AFFOA has end-to-end advanced fabric prototyping capabilities at HQ including the ability to design, manufacture and integrate advanced fibers using a unique thermal draw process. This enables the institute to design complex multi-material structures that can be drawn down to fiber length scales.
AFFOA’s ecosystem of technology enables rapid development from idea to prototype to production within a domestic supply chain. We leverage previously isolated capabilities in manufacturing, CAD, fiber devices, textiles and system integration, to create an engine for rapidly executed prototypes and pilot end-to-end manufacturing of advanced fabric and fiber products.
Have a specific problem you would like to solve? Leverage the capabilities of AFFOA and the FIN to execute against proprietary customer funded/government sponsored projects to solve specific problems and needs.
Looking to bring a specific idea to life? AFFOA’s ecosystem enables prototypes to be designed, produced and tested quickly and efficiently.
Need help bringing different components together? AFFOA develops soft systems by integrating advanced fabric technologies and bringing hardware and software together.
Interested in pursuing funding together? Collaborate with AFFOA to jointly develop proposals for funded opportunities.