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Textile Prototyping Lab

The Textile Prototyping Lab (TPL) is a research project of five organisations from the fields of textile, electronics research, design, and economy. It includes the design, installation, and testing of a textile prototyping laboratory that is more open, flexible and interdisciplinary than other laboratories. The three-year project shall lead to the successful establishment of an adequate operator model which by then will have been tested in various scenarios.

The theme of the entire project is Open Innovation. This means research and development is conducted under the new context of sharing of results. Research and development relevant for individual actors are developed jointly and made available beyond their own organizational boundaries.


Lead: Prof. Dr. Zane Berzina
DXM Researchers: Essi Johanna Glomb, Sara Diaz Rodriguez, Katrin Münzberg, Karina Wirth, Christian Frank Müller

Fab Lab Berlin
Fraunhofer Institut for Reliability and Microintegration IZM
Saxon Textile Research Institute e.V.
Textile Research Institute Thuringia-Vogtland e.V.

Research project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research as part of the futureTEX project.


In the Textile Prototyping Lab it is possible to realize project ideas with a textile focus. Thematically there are no specifications, also textile prior knowledge is not absolutely necessary. Depending on requirements, ideas can be supported and implemented by experts and through access to prototyping machines.

A broad-based consortium and a central lab equipped with all the basic textile machines enable ideas with a wide variety of requirement profiles to be implemented.


Development project with Stefan Diez and Vibia

PLUSMINUS is an innovative lighting system designed by Stefan Diez for Vibia: a light rail made of a soft, conductive textile belt that can be used with a variety of lighting elements for different lighting effects.

The functionality of the conductive belt and various web designs for the prototype were developed in the Textile Prototyping Lab.


Development project with Natalie Peter and Lufthansa Flying Lab

Feelflight is dedicated to improving the well-being of passengers on long-haul flights. In order to increase the well-being of passengers on stressful flights, a new passenger ceiling has been developed that is both formally and functionally redesigned. It was implemented as a jacquard fabric and circular knit. The result consists of two prototypes made of natural materials such as merino wool, bamboo carbon fibre and Seacell.

In the Textile Prototyping Lab, weaving samples and the final woven prototype were realized.