3D Weaving Innovation Centre is part of major investment in School of Design

A cutting-edge 3D weaving loom that is the only one of its kind in the UK is at the heart of a new £1.75 million textiles innovation centre at the University.

President of luxury textiles firm Dormeuil, Dominic Dormeuil; Head of the School of Design, Professor Chris Carr, and Chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, Roger Marsh OBE

Chris Carr, Roger Marsh, and Dominic Dormeuil with the 3D weaving loom in School of Design May 2018

The centre, which will develop advanced prototypes for a wide range of sectors, from aerospace to healthcare, is part of a wider investment in facilities at the School of Design, cementing its place at the leading edge of both technical research and creativity.

As part of the £4.4 million upgrade, new weaving, knitting, digital printing, coloration and colour communication facilities have enhanced the School’s world-beating research and development capabilities.

From 3D weaving to innovative inks and digital printing, from innovation in colour imaging and lighting, to increasing sustainability in clothing, the year-long programme has also provided new laboratories, exhibition areas and student spaces.

Many of the improvements have taken place in the Clothworkers’ South Building, opened as the Man-Made Fibres Building in 1956, which has long been home to major innovations in fabrics, colour science and printing – reflecting Yorkshire’s rich textiles heritage.

Professor Chris Carr, Head of the School of Design, said: “The new equipment and facilities we are unveiling today are a key part of the University’s aim to invest in knowledge and opportunity – to provide the very best for our researchers and students and to enhance the excellent partnerships we have with the very best designers and industrialists across the region and indeed the world.

“Our investment will also help us continue to enhance productive relationships between design and technology.”

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