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Nature mimicked in new graphene material

January 20, 2017

Graphene is thought to be the strongest 2-D material on earth. Recently a research team at MIT used heat and pressure to compress flakes of graphene to create a new 3-D material. The new material has 5 percent the density of steel but 10 times the strength. The process produced a form similar to corals …

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Mitsubishi Rayon buys U.S. carbon fiber plant

January 20, 2017

Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. has acquired the SGL Carbon Fibers site in Evanston, Wyo. Composites World reports that the addition of this site will expand Mitsubishi Rayon’s North American business to meet the growing demand for composites in wind turbine blades and automotive applications. SGL Group upgraded production lines in Muir of Ord, Scotland, which …

In the Industry

Winners of warfighter suit design challenge announced

January 20, 2017

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) has awarded 12 prizes to winners of the Proof Challenge, a chembio suit design contest that called on the public to submit designs and ideas for a new suit for warfighters. Finalists came from a variety of fields and ranged from students to engineers. …

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Committee to address standards for smart and e-textiles

January 20, 2017

IPC, a trade organization representing the electronics industry, will host a meeting during IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, Calif., to form a general committee to begin work on standards for conductive fabrics, e-textiles and stretchable electronics. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, February 16, at the San Diego Convention Center. IPC members Dan …

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Stronger possibilities

January 20, 2017

Carbon nanofibers and graphene can play a role in constructing Space habitats using robotics. The use of robotically-assisted additive manufacturing involving a mixture of carbon nanofibers, graphene and other polymer nanocomposites will allow the construction of lightweight and impervious sealant barriers, ultra-strong supports, airlocks and even bulkheads for future Space habitats and colonies within dormant …

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Bolger & O’Hearn embraces solar energy

January 20, 2017

Specialty chemical developer Bolger & O’Hearn announces that it has recently installed solar panels at its Mass.-based headquarters. With an output of roughly 87kWh, the panels will convert sunlight into clean energy, providing more efficient, responsibly sourced power to its facilities and reducing its carbon footprint. “The decision to implement solar panels is really emblematic …

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Oerlikon notes demand for industrial yarns systems 

January 19, 2017

Last year, systems manufacturer Oerlikon Barmag experienced a significant uptick in their industrial yarns projects — from melt to yarn production processes. Oerlikon Barmag predicts continued growth, especially in the Asian and European markets, in polyester and polyamide yarns used in the automotive sector (airbags, safety belts, tire cord); a spectrum of geotextiles; and products …

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Researchers spin spider silk one kilometer long

January 18, 2017

Spider silk characteristics make it attractive for a wide variety of uses: It is stronger than steel, is tolerated well when implanted in tissue and it’s biodegradable. Harvesting the silk, however, has proven a hurdle. Spiders are difficult to keep captive, needless to say, and they produce small amounts of silk. Large-scale production requires artificial …

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New INVISTA™ nylon thread for CORDURA®

January 17, 2017

Polymer fiber manufacturer INVISTA™, owner of CORDURA® brand, has created INVISTA T420HT, the strongest version of its nylon 6.6 fiber. Two years of research yielded this high-tenacity fiber, which promises to add core strength to CORDURA fabrics. The company expects the new fiber to launch a new generation of lightweight, durable fabrics used in workwear, …

In the Industry

Protective driving apparel sales race up

January 16, 2017

The global driving apparel market was worth $11.8 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $17.2 billion by the end of 2024, experiencing a 4.6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to a report published by Transparency Market Research. Driving apparel includes gear for protecting the user from injury during road accidents—motorcycle jackets, pants, shoes …

Featured

Stronger possibilities

January 20, 2017

Carbon nanofibers and graphene can play a role in constructing Space habitats using robotics. The use of robotically-assisted additive manufacturing involving a mixture of carbon nanofibers, graphene and other polymer nanocomposites will allow the construction of lightweight and impervious sealant barriers, ultra-strong supports, airlocks and even bulkheads for future Space habitats and colonies within dormant …

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Keeping up with carbon

January 6, 2017

A rapidly growing demand for carbon fiber is stressing market ability to provide. Although carbon fiber as a commodity has been around since the late 1960s, only in the past 10 years can there truly be considered a dynamic market of real substance with steady growth potential. A market report published in Reinforced Plastics Nov/Dec …

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Medical textiles: what’s next?

December 22, 2016

“Health in hands,” is one of the catch phrases that illustrate a new focus in health care today. Proactive health care by monitoring and managing health issues continues to gain broader acceptance, particularly in developed and developing economies. Textiles of many kinds enhance health care products and contribute to the next phase of improvements. The …

In the Industry

Mitsubishi Rayon buys U.S. carbon fiber plant

January 20, 2017

Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. has acquired the SGL Carbon Fibers site in Evanston, Wyo. Composites World reports that the addition of this site will expand Mitsubishi Rayon’s North American business to meet the growing demand for composites in wind turbine blades and automotive applications. SGL Group upgraded production lines in Muir of Ord, Scotland, which …

In the Industry

Winners of warfighter suit design challenge announced

January 20, 2017

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) has awarded 12 prizes to winners of the Proof Challenge, a chembio suit design contest that called on the public to submit designs and ideas for a new suit for warfighters. Finalists came from a variety of fields and ranged from students to engineers. …

In the Industry

Committee to address standards for smart and e-textiles

January 20, 2017

IPC, a trade organization representing the electronics industry, will host a meeting during IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, Calif., to form a general committee to begin work on standards for conductive fabrics, e-textiles and stretchable electronics. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, February 16, at the San Diego Convention Center. IPC members Dan …

In the Industry

Oerlikon notes demand for industrial yarns systems 

January 19, 2017

Last year, systems manufacturer Oerlikon Barmag experienced a significant uptick in their industrial yarns projects — from melt to yarn production processes. Oerlikon Barmag predicts continued growth, especially in the Asian and European markets, in polyester and polyamide yarns used in the automotive sector (airbags, safety belts, tire cord); a spectrum of geotextiles; and products …

In the Industry

Protective driving apparel sales race up

January 16, 2017

The global driving apparel market was worth $11.8 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $17.2 billion by the end of 2024, experiencing a 4.6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to a report published by Transparency Market Research. Driving apparel includes gear for protecting the user from injury during road accidents—motorcycle jackets, pants, shoes …

In the Industry

Labon opens fiber plant in South Carolina

January 13, 2017

China-based fiber and textile manufacturer Labon cites the friendly business climate and skilled workforce as prime reasons for locating its first U.S. operation in Orangeburg County, S.C. The company will invest $3.1 million over the next five years, creating 23 new jobs in the process. The company purchased a 15,700-square-foot facility that had been vacant …

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New and better wearables predicted for 2017

January 6, 2017

Some reports suggest that wearable technology is “over,” but Wearables Insider says otherwise. While the article by Dan Rosenbaum admits that 2016 was challenging, and that “the wristband part of the industry has consolidated and stratified.” But 2017 will have a new focus. This year, health and industrial applications of wearables will become commonplace and …

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Pakistan’s textile exports continue slide in 2016

January 5, 2017

Overall textile exports from Pakistan continued to present a dismal picture for another year. The industry has been rendered not viable by the high cost of doing business. As a consequence, textile exports fell further by $600 million, says All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) chairman, Aamir Fayyaz. Total exports for the country are understood …

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AFFOA announces Project Call 1.0 for fabric innovations

December 22, 2016

The mission of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFO A) is “to enable a manufacturing-based revolution—the transformation of traditional fibers, yarns and textiles into highly sophisticated, integrated and networked devices and systems, and facilitate the conversion of the textile industry into an Intellectual Property-differentiated, value-added, high-tech industry.” To that end, the AFFOA has issued …

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Hospital linens market expected to reach 9.1 by 2024

December 9, 2016

According to a recently published report by Transparency Market Research (TMR), the global market for hospital linen supply and management services is likely to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4 percent from 2016 to 2024 and increase to $9.1 billion by the end of the forecast period. The market was valued at …

Of Interest

New jeans stimulate skin revitalization

March 14, 2016

The latest products manufactured in partnership by Italian clothier Calzedonia and Emana®, the smart-yarn developed by the global business unit Fibras of the Solvay Group, look like standard jeans, but feature a polyamide yarn incorporated with bioactive minerals that, in contact with the body, facilitate heat exchange which boosts skin microcirculation, thereby improving the skin’s …

Of Interest

September 2014

September 9, 2014

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Of Interest

June 2014

June 14, 2014

Texworld USA has announced a full roster of complimentary seminars organized by Lenzing Fibers, producer of man-made cellulose fibers Knitting Industry | article Graphene Flagship Announces large influx of partners through competitive call Graphene Flagship | pdf Oct. 1, 2014 deadline for EUREKA water tech Cluster ACQUEAU call for projects Eureka Network | article

Of Interest

May 2014

May 15, 2014

dd{margin-bottom:.75em;} Researchers look for more eco-friendly chemicals used in textile manufacturing Research and Markets | article Environmentally benign single-layer breathable Nanowebs developed Commodity Online | article “Thinnest feasible membrane” is extremely light and breathable ETH Zurich | article Forbes gets interested in smart textiles and wearable technology Forbes | article

Of Interest

February 2014

February 7, 2014

Electronic textile cushion This short video shows an electronic textile cushion recently produced by Ioannis Anastasopoulos of the Advanced Textiles Research Group, Nottingham Trent University, U.K.. The LED chips and interconnects have been fully integrated into the fabric structure. “Power pocket” could do more than store your phone Scientists at the University of Southampton are …

Of Interest

December 2013

December 16, 2013

Wearable Computing: Adaptive Tech to Blink and Bling Wearable computing, creative use of e-textiles—developed by someone amazingly young! Chinese giant takes control of Pakistan’s Masood Textile Chinese textiles conglomerate Shandong Ruyi Technology Group has acquired a 52 percent share of Masood Textile Mills (MTM) based in Pakistan.

Of Interest

November 2013

November 12, 2013

Structuring shade Shade structure reduces heat gain – for an entire building. The nanosilver debate A court ruling addresses limiting nanosilver in textiles. Call to reduce toxic chemicals Ecotextile online reports that the Natural Resource Defense Council has called for a new ‘Five Step Program’ to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the global …

Of Interest

October 2013

October 8, 2013

“Knitted Light” A project at the Swedish School of Textiles uses three-dimensional patterns to create textile surfaces with complex properties that are capable of reflecting, filtering and transmitting light. Answer your glove Bluetooth phone gloves have been available in the marketplace for a while. Are they calling to you?

Of Interest

September 2013

September 10, 2013

KYMIRA Sportswear Not every observer buys into the claims of this sportswear company. It uses a new, but quite credible technology. What do you think? New nanomaterial increases yield of solar cells Researchers have optimized the nanostructures so that a solar cell provides more electricity and loses less energy in the form of heat. Paper-thin …

Of Interest

August 2013

July 31, 2013

The ultimate in a customized shoe The ‘DNA 3D printed shoe’ will be designed according to the individual’s foot contours and how that person moves. Under the sea Three Massachusetts research facilities will receive funding to help find out if undersea ”kites” can reliably produce renewable energy. Bountiful bamboo One researcher’s fascination with textile engineering, …

Out There

Interactive jacket designed for connecting

January 6, 2017

Design entrepreneur Henk-Jan Room has created an interactive jacket that’s meant to promote more meaningful human connections. The jacket connects to a smart phone and to social media via an app. The wearer can select preferences with the app, and based on these choices, the jacket communicates through light with other people as soon as …

Out There

‘Luma’ pendant is a fuzzy fiber-optic light ball

December 19, 2016

For artists Kevin Siwoff and Lisa Park, light is a material that can be pulled apart, strand by strand. In their latest collaboration, the two have created the “Luma” pendant—a sculpture that emits a calming and dreamlike light through thousands of fiber optic hairs. Siwoff and Park’s work is directly influenced by their 2015 sound-responsive installation “Luma,” …

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Customizable wearable technology introduced

November 18, 2016

Xenoma Inc. wants to make wearable technology more available to the general consumer. The company’s “e-skin” is a platform-based solution for wearable electronics apparel where the number, type and location of sensors can be fully customizable. A spin-off company from the University of Tokyo, the company is developing human-friendly technologies utilizing study results at academic …

Out There

K-PAK boat goes where you carry it

November 4, 2016

If the idea of storing and hauling a boat has prevented you from enjoying time on the water, a company in North Carolina offers a practical solution: a folding boat. The K-PAK from Folding Boat Co. is a portable, strong and lightweight foldable boat that can easily fit in the trunk of a car to …

Out There

Wearable alcohol sensor developed

October 21, 2016

Engineers at the University of Calif.-San Diego have developed a flexible, wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person’s blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. The device, worn on the skin, could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, noninvasive and …

Out There

Backpacks adjust in size and shape

October 7, 2016

A new collection of bags by Dutch product designer Casper Notenboom was inspired by the way some Chinese residents package and transport their belongings, often carrying them on their back or on a bicycle. The designer used this observation, while serving an internship in China, to create a practical way for people to adjust the …

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Texas team’s “smart glass” controls heat and light

September 23, 2016

University of Texas-Austin (UTA) researchers have developed a flexible “smart” window material that could revolutionize architecture and vehicle design. The researchers say that the material makes it possible to control heat and light to improve efficiency, and it has the potential for opening up new solutions for as-yet-unrecognized problems, as well. According to blogger David …

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New memory device developed for future wearables

September 9, 2016

Last spring, the artificial intelligence (AI) program AlphaGo beat Korean Go champion LEE Se-Dol at the Asian board game. “The game was quite tight, but AlphaGo used 1200 CPUs and 56,000 watts per hour, while Lee used only 20 watts. If a hardware that mimics the human brain structure is developed, we can operate artificial …

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Step up your game with e-sneakers

August 22, 2016

In case you’ve been wondering how you might enhance your Pokémon Go experience, there is a startup company ready to offer you a solution this fall. Vixole is combining footwear and technology to help people step up their Pokémon Go game, with what the shoe company describes as “e-sneakers.” Furthermore, the company says these are the first customizable e-sneakers with …

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“Muscle Shirt” responds physically to wearer’s activity

August 5, 2016

The wearable, concept Muscle Shirt, by German designer Simone Schramm, measures the level of athletic performance by detecting the heartbeat with a sensor integrated into the fabric. If physical activity is measured, the fabric contracts, gathering on the back of the shirt. In this way, the wearable physically transforms in response to the wearer’s activity. …

What's New?

Nature mimicked in new graphene material

January 20, 2017

Graphene is thought to be the strongest 2-D material on earth. Recently a research team at MIT used heat and pressure to compress flakes of graphene to create a new 3-D material. The new material has 5 percent the density of steel but 10 times the strength. The process produced a form similar to corals …

What's New?

Researchers spin spider silk one kilometer long

January 18, 2017

Spider silk characteristics make it attractive for a wide variety of uses: It is stronger than steel, is tolerated well when implanted in tissue and it’s biodegradable. Harvesting the silk, however, has proven a hurdle. Spiders are difficult to keep captive, needless to say, and they produce small amounts of silk. Large-scale production requires artificial …

What's New?

New INVISTA™ nylon thread for CORDURA®

January 17, 2017

Polymer fiber manufacturer INVISTA™, owner of CORDURA® brand, has created INVISTA T420HT, the strongest version of its nylon 6.6 fiber. Two years of research yielded this high-tenacity fiber, which promises to add core strength to CORDURA fabrics. The company expects the new fiber to launch a new generation of lightweight, durable fabrics used in workwear, …

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Self-healing, stretchable, transparent and conductive

January 6, 2017

Scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside (UCR), have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices and robots. According to information provided by UCR, the findings, recently published in the journal Advanced Material, represent the …

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Safety meets fashion in high-tech safety vest

December 28, 2016

Paris-based safety apparel designer Urban Circus has introduced a high-tech safety vest that is a far cry from the neon-yellow safety vests well known to construction workers. The vest features blinking LEDs; thermo-isolated mittens; a GPS tactile pocket; flexible, breathable and water-repellant material; high visibility and reversibility. Visible from more than 800 feet, as opposed …

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Under Armour expands “smart-shoe” portfolio

December 23, 2016

Sports brand Under Armour has announced the release of three new “smart” running shoes for 2017. The brand unveiled its first smart shoe, SpeedForm Gemini 2, at the start of 2016 as part of its Connected Fitness product portfolio. The three new shoes—the SpeedForm Gemini 3, SpeedForm Velociti, and SpeedForm Europa—feature Under Armour’s Record Equipped technology, …

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Spinnova unveils wood-fiber fabric

December 22, 2016

Finnish fabric innovator Spinnova Oy has unveiled its wood-fiber yarn; the wood-fiber manufacturing method was originally developed by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Spinnova has continued to develop the technique. Spinnova’s technology uses no chemicals, or energy- and water-consuming steps, so the environmental footprint will be much smaller than for polymer or cotton-fiber …

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“Sky Nest” tent wins Good Design Award

December 20, 2016

Japanese outdoor-equipment developer Snow Peak recently won a Japan Good Design Award for its Sky Nest “floating” tent, which is suspended from trees and off the ground. Measuring approximately 4-by-7 feet, with an inner liner to help protect campers from wetness and condensation, the tent features a ventilator at the top to help keep cool …

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Researchers improve production of thin, efficient solar cells

December 14, 2016

Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory are nearing thin, wearable electronics and other vital power applications. Photovoltaics, or solar cells, are a key component in next-generation power applications, but integrating them into Air Force systems has been difficult because the materials used to make the cells are typically thick, opaque, rigid and heavy. Attempts …

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MEVOPUR announces additives for medical nonwovens

December 9, 2016

Swiss specialty-chemicals developer Clariant and its Masterbatches business unit announce a range of MEVOPUR® color and functional additives for use in high-performance, spunbond fibers used in medical applications. Nonwoven fibers are used in applications including surgical gowns and masks, sterilization bags, medical filtration products, sanitary and hygienic pads and wound-care dressings. Since pigments and additives …