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
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 feasability of small
collections, local production and tailor-made garments at
considerably lower cost. SoftLab is a specialised workshop
for innovation and prototypes in these fields.
A resource for research and education at Umeå University
Sliperiet offers skills development for researchers and teachers
at Umeå University, so you can stage your education or research in
SoftLab. 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
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
- Tufting gun for hand tufting
- Digital textile printer for natural fibres
- Sublimation printer
- Soldering and electronics equipment
- Steaming and ironing
- 3D scanners as well as software for digital tailoring
- Knitting machines
SoftLab and the scholarship program is financed by, among
others, Köpmannaförbundet Foundation, Swedish Agency for Economic
and Regional Growth and Umeå kommun.