Thursday, October 8 (11.00–12.30)
The Department of Textile Materials and Design of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering will present the products created during the academic year 2014/15 in the frame of the research and Innovation Center for Design and Textile Engineering. Since 2015 is the international year of light, and Maribor’s typical architectural features served as an inspiration to the students, the created products come in the form of illuminant constructions. Through layers of naturally-colored bandages, wrapped around the frames of some of the most recognizable Maribor city architectures, the play of light is used to express a different reflection of our town.
Light was also used indirectly, in the function of providing better visibility. For this purpose we developed clothing with built-in wearable technology, LED diodes that automatically glow in the dark, and a module for GPS (Global Positioning System), which enables greater visibility of children and provides information about their movement. With the help of this wearable computer technology built into an item of clothing, the child will be visible on the street and easier to locate in dark, or if he/she gets lost or strays off.
The Power point presentation accompanying the exhibited works will also showcase the results of numerous other projects, which are realized at the faculty in collaboration with various contractors and in the frame of numerous internationally established projects.
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maribor, the home of the Department of Textile Materials and Design, is an educational and research institution committed to excellence of education in the field of engineering sciences and enhancement of knowledge by means of fundamental and applicable research work. It contributes to the development of science, technological progress in the economic sector and the social environment, and is tightly linked to the international educational and research spaces. It encourages international exchange of students and staff, and an active participation in international associations, networks and projects.
(text by Sonja Šterman)