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.
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
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.
Tel: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6222
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.
Read a synopsis of the TDL's strategy for the upcoming years.