Fabrication of prototypes within LunaMicro AB
|Coordinator||LunaMicro AB - Linköping University / LEAD|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 300 000|
|Project duration||March 2017 - January 2018|
Purpose and goal
The aim with this project was to develop a textile prototype that electronically pumps fluids (without mechanical parts) from, e.g, the inside to the outside of a jacket, in conjunction with market development of such a product. The purpose of these textile pumps is to dramatically improve the breathability of sport garments compared to today’s passive membranes. In this project, LunaMicro has developed a textile material, which can be integrated into various products to effectively transport fluid.
Expected results and effects
The preliminary textile prototype developed within this project can be combined with various materials and textiles, allowing it to be used in a variety of areas such as sports clothing, protective garments, and medical products. A textile with a pumping function drives the transport of fluid effectively, keeping the user of such a garment dry even under “difficult” conditions. Keeping users dry helps them to maintain a stable body temperature, which improves their performance even under challenging weather conditions.
Planned approach and implementation
Through the market development work in this project, LunaMicro has established several important connections and the first steps towards a consortium to bring this type of textile pump to market. Specifications for the pump have been determined via discussions with potential customers. Integration of sophisticated electronics in textiles is a challenge to which there are several solutions that we have identified and are currently exploring. The creation of the consortium and development of a first textile pump prototype represent the first steps toward market introduction.