Recap: Textile Innovation Day & SmartX Regional Event Italy
The Italian SmartX Dissemination event was held on April 12th, 2022 as an in-person event that was introduced by Marco Bardelle, (Tintoria Finissaggio 2000, past President of the Po.in.tex Steering Committee) and Ettore Piacenza (Fratelli Piacenza, new President of the Po.in.tex Steering Committee), after the Po.in.tex General Assembly. During the event, the results of the three successful smart textile projects from Italy were presented to an audience of 65 participants.
Paola Fontana, Project and R&D Manager at Città Studi – Po.in.tex, presented the SmartX project and the SmartX community, with a short focus on all the funded projects. The official video of SmartX was shown too.
Project presentations of the Italian projects
The three Italian projects were presented by SMEs, and all the prototypes were shown.
Presentations of three projects developed by Po.in.tex members
The second part of the event was dedicated to the Po.in.tex companies that work in smart textiles, with three presentations from them.
Additionally, an overview of the EU funding opportunities for textile companies was given, together with the opportunities offered by the ICT Cluster and with a focus on the Services for Research and Open Innovation.
Daniele De Rosa (Extris) presented “Materials and assembly techniques for the production of electrochromic yarns.”
The CEO of Extris confirmed that the project had completed its theoretical phase and is now in the experimental phase. It envisions the production of electrochromic yarns to obtain a new concept of electrochromic fabric by means of a traditional weaving process.
Francesco Galliani (Comec Innovative) presented “Aerosol Jet Printing: the new frontiers of 3D printing for wearable devices.” This technology has extremely interesting applications, and can be used in capacitive antennas and sensors and in miniaturised 3d printing: it allows to print directly on the substate, with no need for other antennas or sensors, and can be applied to different materials.
Jennifer Tata (Martur Italy) presented “Intelligent yarns for fabrics in the automotive sector.” The project presented by Ms. Tata is focused on the study of fiber-shaped piezo-resistive pressure/temperature sensors able to measure important biometric parameters (i.e. heartbeat, blood pressure, body temperature) of vehicle occupants. The project won the “IR20” Piemonte Innovation and Research 2020 award for the Green Economy sector in the Senior Company category.
Chiara Ferroni (ICT Cluster – Torino Wireless) presented “Smart Textiles: results and opportunities with the ICT Cluster.”
Lutz Walter (European Textile Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles & Clothing, and Project coordinator of SmartX) presented “EU funding opportunities for Textile companies.”
Mauro Sampellegrini (Sistema Moda Italia) presented “Services for Research and Open Innovation” offered by Sistema Moda Italia, defining some useful tools to „measure the innovation“ by using specific Key Performance Indicators.
The registrations of the event (in Italian) are available at the following links:
An the slides are available here.
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