Innovation lab for textile experimentation, digital fashion and wearable technology


SoftLab is an innovation and prototyping space where researchers, students, artists, entrepreneurs and creatives meet to explore ideas and practice in textiles, wearable technology and related fields.

The development of 'smart materials' and interactive textiles is rapid and offers huge potential for new innovations- with integration of computers and soft circuits into clothes, interiors, accessories and more. Digital manufacturing enables new aesthetics and new business models, with new feasability for small collections, local production and tailor-made garments at considerably lower cost.  SoftLab is a specialised workshop for innovation and prototyping in these fields.

A resource for research and education at Umeå University

Sliperiet offers skills development for researchers and teachers at Umeå University, to strengthen research and education. The research engineers at Sliperiet can provide technical support during your reservation here.

We are continuously developing educational methods, contributing to enrichment of education at Umeå University.

SoftLab is a resource for applied research and utilization of research, for example in prototyping and visualisation, or as an arena for collaboration with other research or with organisations and businesses. 

Available for businesses

SoftLab is available for rent to businesses looking to do prototyping and small scale/test production. Our team can help you develop your competence in the field of wearable technology and provide contact with research and student groups and provide a link for collaboration with the university.

SoftLab is also open to the public on Wednesdays 4 pm-9 pm as a part of FabLab Umeå.


  • Various sewing machines- including heavy duty, overlock and embriodery
  • Tufting gun for hand tufting (unavailable Oct 2018-Oct 2019))
  • Digital textile printer for natural fibres (unavailable Oct 2018-Oct 2019)
  • Soldering and electronics equipment
  • Steaming and ironing (unavailable Oct 2018-Oct 2019)
  • 3D scanners as well as software for digital tailoring (unavailable Oct 2018-Oct 2019)
  • Knitting machines


SoftLab and the scholarship program is financed by, among others, Fastighetsföreningen Köpmannen, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth,  Hakon Swenson Foundation, and Umeå kommun.