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At UML, a Stitch in Time Sublime at New Fabric Discovery Center
LOWELL -- It's a tale of two fabrics.
The standard uniform catches fire and never stands a chance, burning completely through.
But the other flame-retardant uniform self-extinguishes the fire within a few seconds, resulting in a charred sleeve. This safer, lower cost, non-toxic material may end up saving soldiers and firefighters in the future.
This was one of the many demonstrations at UMass Lowell's new Fabric Discovery Center at 110 Canal St. on Thursday, during which officials cut the ribbon on the groundbreaking facility.
City, state and university leaders stressed that the 28,000-square-foot center in the Hamilton Canal Innovation District is a new national model for the development of "smart" clothing and textiles, flexible electronics, robotics and automation.
The Center opening marks first collaboration of three Manufacturing USA institutes (Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, NextFlex, and Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) ; new awards will support development of next-generation technology with commercial and national defense applications and job creation in Massachusetts.