Microflex Project Summary
project is a Framework program 7 EU funded project and was
submitted to the FP7-NMP-2007-Large-1 call.
project is concerned with flexible materials in the form
of high added value smart fabrics/textiles which are able
to sense stimuli and react or adapt to them in a predetermined
for the European textile industries is to add advanced functions
to textiles and the recent progress of new technologies,
such as electronic inks, provide an opportunity for a breakthrough
by incorporating MEMS on flexible textiles/fabrics.
will exploit micro fabrication to produced, using custom
printing process, active functions cost efficiently. We
propose to develop fundamental micro fabrication production
technologies for MEMS on fabrics/textiles using flagship
demonstrator applications. This will result in a cheap,
east to design, flexible, rapid way to manufacture multifunction
smart textiles/garments for a large set of multi-sectorial
used during the project will be based on thick film printing,
inkjet printing and sacrificial etching for the MEMS. These
printing processes have many benefits including low-cost,
repeatability, flexibility, suitability for high throughput
production, relatively inexpensive equipment, short development
time and the capability of depositing a wide range of materials.
All the novel printed inks will be electrically activated
sensors and actuators and will use standard electronic devices
for power supply/storage, signal processing and communications
offering low price and mass production.
will undertake a number of initial demonstrators of the
underlying basic technology. These will be based on: light
emission, cooling/heating, anti-static effect, energy harvesting,
micro-encapsulation and actuation. Microflex is a perfect
example of the transformation of a resource-intensive to
a knowledge-intensive industry.