Das interdisziplinäre Forschungsprojekt DAFAT – Eine designgetriebene Technologieentwicklung

Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst, Forschungsgruppe Produkt & Textil: Prof. Dr. Andrea Weber Marin,
Isabel Rosa Müggler, Françoise Adler, Nina Müller

In collaboration with:

Hochschule Rapperswil HSR, Berner Fachhochschule BFH, Saurer Embroidery AG, Jakob Schläpfer, Kuny AG, Huntsman Advanced Materials (Switzerland) GmbH, Bezema AG.

Supported by:

Kommission für Technologie und Innovation KTI

DAFAT is an interdisciplinary research project. The acronym stands for ‘Digitale Applikation von Farbe auf Textil’ [‘Digital Application of Colour to Textiles’]. Designers, mechanical engineers and chemists from universities or from a practical working background have come together to develop an innovative colour application technique, which forms a decisive addition to the digital textile printing of today. The object of the project is a design-driven technology which leads to the creation of innovative and individualised textile products. For this purpose the designer needs to be able to interact with the machine at any time so as to influence the implementation of his or her designs. At the same time the digitally controlled textile printer should be able to apply different colour pigments to the cloth in such a way that the product exemplifies a new textile aesthetic with novel haptic qualities, facilitating individualised mass production. The final goal of the project, which is planned to take six years, is a marketable machine that meets these requirements.

Comments by the jury

Precise and intelligently conceived, this project takes the interface of technology and design as its starting point and stands in an exemplary way for successful cooperation between university research and industry. It takes an evident and accurately analysed need as its initial postulate and in the final outcome succeeds in creating patently recognisable added value – for designers, for mechanical engineering and for the design industry. Thanks to the accessibility of the content, the clear methodology and the tangible benefits, a research approach like this is genuinely capable of strengthening design thinking in industry and at economic level in a sustainable way.

Comments by the Nominators

This project explores and expands the possibilities of digital printing in a methodical and exemplary way. If we needed an example of the way in which ‘design thinking’, as a research approach in an international context, can be brought to a pitch of perfection, this is what we would choose.