Why research with us?

The Textile and Design Lab carries out R+D projects using its range of cutting edge textile technolgies and technical expertise, and actively encourages collaboration with commercial partners, educators and external research institutes. The lab has developed a network of national and international research partners including Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, Footfalls and Heartbeats, Revolution Fibres, Bobux, AgResearch, Wool Research Organisation of NZ, Victoria University, University of the Arts London and Philadelphia University.

Areas of research and development

Our technologies include the latest Shima Seiki Apex 3 design systems used to create and programme our 4 Shima Seiki flatbed knitting machines with seamless 3D, jacquard, intarsia and hybrid knitted/woven capabilities. The lab also has a Mutoh digital textile printer, a TC2 digital weaving loom and a Feltloom for producing non-woven materials. Much of our current R+D activity is in the area of functional textiles in which conductive fibres and yarns are integrated into materials to provide electronic circuitry and sensors. Other areas include 3D knit design, digital textile design and printing, needle felting, digital supply and distribution chains, sustainability, materials development and resource development for teaching and learning.

Our researchers

Researchers working at the TDL include staff and postgraduate students from Textile Design, Fashion Design, Creative Technologies, Industrial Design and associated AUT research centres. Our research continues to become more multi-disciplinary requiring collaboration with colleagues from across the University including Health Sciences, Engineering, and Sports and Recreation.

Our projects and research

Read about some of our student and staff research projects across a range of textile-related topics.
We've partnered with industry on a range of projects. Browse our case studies to find out more.
Our research outcomes have been shared in journals, presentations and exhibitions.
Find a list of the textile and design-related conferences and symposia we've been involved in.
Our lab is regularly mentioned in the media and publicises press releases.

Need help with a project?

If you have a project you think we can help with, contact Peter Heslop, TDL manager, to arrange a project development and planning meeting.

Peter Heslop
Tel: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6222

Funding applications

As long as your R&D project meets certain criteria, funding from government and other streams is often available. AUT has staff who specialise in commercial research, intellectual property issues, funding streams and application processes who are happy to discuss your projects.

Contact us for more information.

Research strategy

Read a synopsis of the TDL's strategy for the upcoming years.

Find out more