The Advanced Textile Products Student Design Challenge is an annual contest established to encourage college and university students of design, textiles engineering, and allied curricula to solve safety and protection problems using technical textiles and narrow fabrics in functional designs.
Students will create an original design and prototype for a safety product which will protect bodies or property from hazardous conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to, extreme hot or cold temperature; impact; chemical or biological exposure; poor visibility; fall protection. Medical or healthcare applications are permitted. Projects whose primary purpose is general wearing comfort or protection from environmental conditions will not be accepted. Projects must incorporate a textile component as a major part of the product.
Entrants must be enrolled in post-secondary textiles, apparel, engineering, or design programs in colleges or universities. More than one per student is allowed. Team entries are permitted. Mentoring by IFAI member companies may be available upon request.
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