19 May WEBINAR: Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility Textile Workshop
August 25 and August 26
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Register now for the virtual forum
Featuring speakers and panel discussions from:
• Navy Supply Systems Command
• Naval Exchange Services Command
• Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility
This program is convened and supported by 401 Tech Bridge, the Naval X Northeast Tech Bridge, the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network, and the North Carolina Military Business Center.
The Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), and Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility (NCTRF) are interested in gathering information for potential current and future efforts with industry and academia. The goal is to further develop new and emerging technologies and concepts within the areas of dress clothing, military uniforms, protective clothing, textile and clothing testing and design/pattern development.
The collaborative forum will include presentations and a panel discussion with subject matter experts for Navy uniforms, protective clothing, testing, materials, and business development. Participants will have the opportunity to submit written questions.
Topics to include:
• Small business development opportunities
• Applied research areas
• Potential areas of basic research applying them towards Navy and military requirements
Industry and academia who have expertise in the areas listed below are encouraged to apply for one of the limited numbers of (virtual) private appointments to be held in the afternoon of August 26. Please indicate your interest in a private appointment when you register for the workshop in order to receive the application and quad chart template.
Areas of Expertise
- Eco-friendly sustainable alternatives for leather, wool, cotton, nylon, and flame-resistant fabrics/fibers with similar performance characteristics.
- Protective and performance materials for cold weather environments.
- Domestic supply base challenges addressed through additive manufacturing. Provide materials that establish the ability to 3D print textile items, i.e., buttons, zippers, etc.
- Alternative fibers, fabrics, or substrates to trim materials necessary to provide structures to dress uniforms that are typically added onto garments, i.e., interlinings and chest pieces, etc.
- Manufacturing and Processes
- Additive manufacturing techniques for 3D printing of component materials such as webbings, tapes, hook/loop, closure systems etc.
- Agile manufacturing techniques to reduce fabric and garment order minimums to reduce logistic footprint.
- Rapid prototyping capability and manufacturing assessment for research, development, testing and evaluation projects/programs.
- Automation methods or processes for garment constructions; expediting “made to order” process for garments and uniforms that are outside of the established tariff.
- Sustainable practices within domestic textile industry, such as recycled fiber content in blends; creation of circular economies; and implementation of responsible chemistries.
- Automation of shade evaluations; establish practices to aid and streamline operations.
- Knowledge repository for uniform and protective clothing information specific to fabrics, patterns, specification, and purchase descriptions enabling streamlined development and sustainment.
- Garment cost models for estimating unit cost.
- Testing and Design
- Understanding of the impact of fit and gender specific sizing of footwear and clothing on biophysical and human performance.
- Modeling and decision aid tools for predicting system level biophysical performance using fabric level biophysical test data.
- Automated processes for textile testing lab operations and data management tools.
- Address ever-changing body types and account for “non-gender” apparel methods.
- Accurate tools and/or methods to estimate garment wear life.
10:50AM – 11:00AM
11:00AM – 11:10AM
11:10AM – 11:20AM
Mission Overview 401 TechBridge/NAVAL-X
11:25AM – 11:35AM
Mission Overview North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC)
11:40AM – 11:50AM
Intro/Overview- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP)
11:55AM – 12:05AM
Intro/Overview- Navy Clothing & Textile Research Facility (NCTRF)
12:10AM – 12:20AM
Intro/Overview- Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM)
BREAK (10 MIN)
12:30PM – 12:40PM
Navy Interest Areas for General Purpose Organization Clothing
12:45PM – 12:55PM
Navy Interest Areas for Uniforms and Certification
01:ooPM – 01:10PM
Navy Interest Areas for Testing and Evaluation
01:15PM – 01:25PM
Navy Interest Areas for Design and Patterns
01:30PM – 01:40PM
NAVSUP-Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
01:45PM – 02:00PM