The Made in Italy brand covers a vast field of products which describes the Italian excellence, the “beautiful and well made”, often however, the brand is associated with a dress, an accessory or a piece of furniture but not referring to the material used to create such products. Instead, in the textile sector, there is a know-how that allows Italy to be among the best producers in the world, not only for clothing but also for technical textiles, more specifically, the new polymer materials.
Polymer fibers now account for approximately 70% of the market and the applications are:
- chassis for automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, railways and military;
- structural parts with high resistance and low weight;
- potective clothing for sporting activities, industrial workers and the military;
- posthetics for artificial limbs or organs;
- avanced home automation.
All this combined with the latest web development: IoT (Internet of Things).
“Smart objects” are the future of integration man-machine and the textile manufacturing process can use IoT for all applications made available by new polymers. Textile fabrics are evolving and most probably, research is the best solution to find a link between aesthetics and functionality.
The Specializing Master in Fiber Design and Textile Processes was created because there is a need to explore this topic by paying particular attention to these types of new materials.
Founded and launched by two centers of excellence: Città Studi Biella with its tradition of technical skills and POLI.design that, together with the School of Design and the Department of Design, forms the Politecnico di Milano Design System, which is a pool of resources, skills, facilities, and laboratories that is among the most important in the world.
The goal is to offer a unique educational program by providing quality knowledge and skills for designing innovative fibers and new materials including the Internet of Things (IoT) and environmental sustainability, thanks to the local companies involved throughout the academic program and their generous support.
The Specializing Master is completely held in English and it is reserved to candidates with a University Diploma, a Bachelor or a Master of Science in Industrial Design, Architecture, Engineering, Economics or Scientific disciplines (Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics). The Board shall admit applicants who have qualifications in disciplines other than those specified above, if the Master may complete the training of the applicant or the professional skills and experience shown by same.
As for candidates who graduated abroad, equivalent study titles in their respective educational institutions will be considered. The selection is made by the Master Board.
The Specializing Master in Fiber Design and Textile Processes aims to form a profile able to understand, manage and apply new fibers and new materials for the creation of a product in the various areas where these fibers may be used. Therefore, able to turn it into a consumer product in line with today’s buying behavior and customer needs and make the necessary changes or modifications in order to develop innovative products.
At the end of the program, the student will have learned how the technology of textile processing can manufacture objects or high-tech fabrics which may be integrated with IoT. The student will also acquire the ability to design a product not only from a point of view of functionality and aesthetics, but also from a point of view of production and global supply chain.
Together with the textile companies who are directly involved, the goal of the program is to increase today’s “textile culture”, necessary for new types of research on innovative fibers in parallel with the traditional “noble” fibers. The program also focuses on the current situation of the textile industry and the skills needed to understand this business and study the various technical applications and design of industrial products.
The manufacturing industry is a solid reference for participants in the Master, a world where one needs to learn about the production processes and materials in order to choose correctly the best technical solution to create an innovative product.
The didactics will be structured as follows:
- Technicality for the Textile sector management
- Design and Production