Out There

Running on the red planet

March 24, 2017

Y-3 has the answer for people wondering what they’ll wear on their feet the next time they land on Mars. Designer Clement Fernandes has come up with a solution to the 21st-century problem, creating a pair of Y-3 SpaceX concept shoes specifically designed for running on the Red Planet. The shoe uses an upper made …

In the Industry

Tauber Institute launches student and industry partnership

March 24, 2017

Thirty-one teams sponsored by 21 global firms, launched recently by the University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute, will compete to find innovative approaches to the industry challenges posed by their sponsoring companies. Exceptional students are paired with companies for a 14-week, multidisciplinary, collaborative project. Each two- or three-person team is composed of master’s students in engineering, business administration …

In the Industry

IFAI announces Smart Fabrics Program at Expo 2017

March 24, 2017

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced an expanded Advanced Textiles Program for its annual Expo, scheduled for Sept. 26-29, 2017 in New Orleans, La. Among the additions is a  Smart Fabrics Program designed to channel the excitement around smart fabrics into new product development, providing attendees with access to experts, materials and education. …

What's New?

Levi’s and Project Jacquard on the move

March 24, 2017

Denim took on new dimensions when Levi’s and Google teamed up months ago to create a smart denim jacket. The Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket uses Google’s Project Jacquard technology to turn the cycling jacket into a smart wearable. By weaving conductive Jaquard yarn into the denim, the companies have created a soft fabric that has he ability to …

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Lenzing launches Refibra™ lyocell fibers

March 24, 2017

Lenzing has introduced its new Refibra™ branded lyocell fibers, made from recycled cotton fabric and responsibly harvested wood, and produced in the lyocell production process. The company is the first manufacturer to offer cellulose fibers of this kind on a commercial scale. The company says that the need to extract virgin raw materials from nature is …

Featured

Are smart textiles ready for the real world?

March 24, 2017

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a slow but sure evolution of wearable electronics, including smart textiles, designed primarily to monitor body functions and communicate with the Internet of Things. But a great many were not especially wearable, and some never made it out of the lab. The tide, however, seems to be turning. Première …

What's New?

Three new products from Beaulieu Fibres Intl.

March 23, 2017

Beaulieu Fibres International, a European supplier of polyolefin fiber, will launch three new products in 2017. Starting in May 2017, Meralux fibers will be added to the Meraklon product portfolio. The company’s tests showed nonwovens made with the new fiber combinations have a higher loft/bulk. The product’s coverage should provide nonwovens with softness and a closed surface, …

What's New?

“Magic Calendar” connects to a smart phone

March 22, 2017

Kosho Tsuboi, a Japanese design studio, has created Magic Calendar, a tactile paper calendar that connects to the Internet. Made from high-resolution electronic paper, the calendar syncs with a Google calendar via a mobile device. The smart calendar is antireflective so it can be viewed from all angles and lasts three months on a single charge …

What's New?

MISSION launches first temperature-control apparel line

March 21, 2017

MISSION asserts scientists have found the human body uses upwards of 80 percent of its metabolic energy to regulate temperature, leaving significantly less energy for performance, endurance and stamina. The new VaporActive line of apparel for men and women is engineered to help accelerate thermo-regulation, so the body can use its energy more efficiently for performance, …

In the Industry

INVISTA evaluating possible sale

March 20, 2017

INVISTA reports it is “exploring strategic alternatives” for its Apparel & Advanced Textiles business, including the possibilities of selling or reinvesting. Brands produced and marketed by the company include Lycra and CoolMax fiber. Carmichael International reported that the main manufacturing assets are in the Lycra Spandex business as well as the nylon textile filament plant …

Featured

Are smart textiles ready for the real world?

March 24, 2017

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a slow but sure evolution of wearable electronics, including smart textiles, designed primarily to monitor body functions and communicate with the Internet of Things. But a great many were not especially wearable, and some never made it out of the lab. The tide, however, seems to be turning. Première …

Featured

Better together

March 10, 2017

Collaborative efforts support growth in the smart textiles industry. The more high tech an industry is, the greater the range of expertise it may need. Advanced textiles, particularly smart materials, are a prime example of this. Textiles often undergo a variety of processes requiring specialized skills and equipment, so collaboration is essential to the industry. …

Featured

Energy harvesting steps up

February 24, 2017

Recent university and scientific lab research from around the world has focused on the potential of kinetic energy harvesting methods, but it may be too soon to see wide-spread commercially viable production. “We set out to answer the question of whether you can get useful amounts of electrical power out of something that looks like …

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Textile integration of piezoelectric energy harvesting

February 10, 2017

Breathing is the most consistent source of kinetic energy in the human body, as it produces a large circumferential displacement in the chest, even during sleep. This oscillation is one of few mechanisms in the human body that can also be exploited non-invasively for energy harvesting. The National Science Foundation’s ASSIST (Advanced Self-Powered Systems of …

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What “going circular” means for the apparel and textile industry

February 10, 2017

The apparel and footwear industry is forecast to generate double-digit growth to 2020 according to business analysts McKinsey & Co. One of the challenges is reconciling this growth with sustainability initiatives. As this report states it, “Sustainability and rapid business growth are not compatible; to pretend otherwise would be disingenuous.”  The solution proposed is an …

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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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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

Tauber Institute launches student and industry partnership

March 24, 2017

Thirty-one teams sponsored by 21 global firms, launched recently by the University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute, will compete to find innovative approaches to the industry challenges posed by their sponsoring companies. Exceptional students are paired with companies for a 14-week, multidisciplinary, collaborative project. Each two- or three-person team is composed of master’s students in engineering, business administration …

In the Industry

IFAI announces Smart Fabrics Program at Expo 2017

March 24, 2017

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced an expanded Advanced Textiles Program for its annual Expo, scheduled for Sept. 26-29, 2017 in New Orleans, La. Among the additions is a  Smart Fabrics Program designed to channel the excitement around smart fabrics into new product development, providing attendees with access to experts, materials and education. …

In the Industry

INVISTA evaluating possible sale

March 20, 2017

INVISTA reports it is “exploring strategic alternatives” for its Apparel & Advanced Textiles business, including the possibilities of selling or reinvesting. Brands produced and marketed by the company include Lycra and CoolMax fiber. Carmichael International reported that the main manufacturing assets are in the Lycra Spandex business as well as the nylon textile filament plant …

In the Industry

New clean room processing facility for Aramark

March 17, 2017

Aramark’s new facility in McKinney, Texas, will expand the company’s clean room services and create approximately 120 new local jobs. The facility will provide more service for the company’s customers who require sterile garments and contamination control supplies for the pharmaceutical, medical device, microelectronics, semiconductor and aerospace manufacturing industries. The company offers products for clean …

In the Industry

Kelheim competition winner filters out endocrine substances

March 10, 2017

Viscose fibers manufacturer Kelheim recently organized “100 percent cellulose fibers—rethought,” a competition that invited innovative uses of Kelheim fibers, and the company has chosen the winner. Dr. Jürgen Pettrak of Straubinger Entwässerung und Reinigung, a wastewater authority, received a prize of 2,500 euros for his idea to use filters made of functional viscose fibers to …

In the Industry

Cotton Inc. partners with PurThread for anti-odor fabrics

March 9, 2017

Cotton incorporated has developed a range of cotton-rich fabrics featuring a permanent anti-odor solution from antimicrobial textile technology provider PurThread. It forms part of a project to create cotton-based fabrics that maintain their natural qualities, such as feel and uniform color, while also adding performance characteristics, such as odor resistance. PurThread’s antimicrobial technology incorporates recycled …

In the Industry

Growth projected in cellulose fiber market

March 6, 2017

The cellulose fiber market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of nine per cent over the period 2016-24. An abundance of raw materials, environmental benefits of cellulose fibers and cost effectiveness will boost global cellulose fiber market demand in clothing and apparel over other alternatives, such as polyester and nylon. A shift in fashion …

In the Industry

High tech fabrics grow with sports market demands

March 3, 2017

When you think about high-tech sports and recreation products designed to help athletes hone the competitive edge, equipment rather than fabric likely springs to mind first, but this reaction is behind the times—fabrics have evolved to become essential performance enhancers. And as technology continues to progress, manufacturers of sports and recreation fabrics and fabric-based products …

In the Industry

Outdoor Retailer nixes future shows in Utah

February 24, 2017

Officials from Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Industry Association, Patagonia, The North Face and REI recently met via teleconference with Utah’s governor, Gary Herbert. As a result of the call, Outdoor Retailer will not include the state of Utah in the RFP process for future show locations. “We are doing the work necessary to procure an alternative …

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

Running on the red planet

March 24, 2017

Y-3 has the answer for people wondering what they’ll wear on their feet the next time they land on Mars. Designer Clement Fernandes has come up with a solution to the 21st-century problem, creating a pair of Y-3 SpaceX concept shoes specifically designed for running on the Red Planet. The shoe uses an upper made …

Out There

New from StretchSense: ‘underwearables’

March 10, 2017

StretchSense has announced its latest sensor designed specifically for tight-fitting undergarments like compression clothing or underwear. Sensors in garments worn very close to the body promise to give repeatable and more precise data about the user’s breathing; steps walked or distance run; posture; training technique; muscle tension; and health. Sensors placed in underwear have an additional …

Out There

Thermal conductivity + elasticity = “thubber”

February 24, 2017

Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen of Carnegie Mellon University have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that they’ve nicknamed “thubber.” According to information provided by the Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering, the new material is an electrically insulating composite that exhibits a combination of metal-like thermal conductivity and elasticity similar to soft, biological tissue. And it can stretch over six times …

Out There

Smart phone app helps design a custom dress

February 10, 2017

The H&M-backed Swedish fashion house Ivyrevel has teamed up with Google and MediaMonks to create a personalized garment based on data gathered by a smartphone app. Ivyrevel calls the technology “Coded Couture.” The company says it works on the philosophy that fashion and technology go hand-in-hand. When you want a new dress to wear to …

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,” …

Out There

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 …

What's New?

Levi’s and Project Jacquard on the move

March 24, 2017

Denim took on new dimensions when Levi’s and Google teamed up months ago to create a smart denim jacket. The Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket uses Google’s Project Jacquard technology to turn the cycling jacket into a smart wearable. By weaving conductive Jaquard yarn into the denim, the companies have created a soft fabric that has he ability to …

What's New?

Three new products from Beaulieu Fibres Intl.

March 23, 2017

Beaulieu Fibres International, a European supplier of polyolefin fiber, will launch three new products in 2017. Starting in May 2017, Meralux fibers will be added to the Meraklon product portfolio. The company’s tests showed nonwovens made with the new fiber combinations have a higher loft/bulk. The product’s coverage should provide nonwovens with softness and a closed surface, …

What's New?

“Magic Calendar” connects to a smart phone

March 22, 2017

Kosho Tsuboi, a Japanese design studio, has created Magic Calendar, a tactile paper calendar that connects to the Internet. Made from high-resolution electronic paper, the calendar syncs with a Google calendar via a mobile device. The smart calendar is antireflective so it can be viewed from all angles and lasts three months on a single charge …

What's New?

MISSION launches first temperature-control apparel line

March 21, 2017

MISSION asserts scientists have found the human body uses upwards of 80 percent of its metabolic energy to regulate temperature, leaving significantly less energy for performance, endurance and stamina. The new VaporActive line of apparel for men and women is engineered to help accelerate thermo-regulation, so the body can use its energy more efficiently for performance, …

What's New?

Coats Signal reflective tapes promote safety

March 15, 2017

Coats Signal, by U.K. yard and thread producer Coats, is a range of reflective tapes for workwear, protective clothing, apparel and accessories. When illuminated by a light source, the product helps to enhance visibility at dusk, at night or in difficult weather conditions. In combination with fluorescent elements, the tapes should improve daytime and low-light …

What's New?

Thermoplastic tape is self-bonding

March 10, 2017

Braeön (pronounced “brawn”) is a high-strength, paper-thin, lightweight plastic ribbon that molecularly fuses to itself in about a minute. The material is a combination of thermoplastic fibers and a thermoplastic polymermatrix. The ribbon is heated and pressed by hand to form a desired shape; the self-bonding plastic molecules recouple and harden when the material cools. The developers of …

What's New?

Nanofiber strengthening improves composites

March 2, 2017

Nanofiber applications engineer Dr. Gareth Beckermann at Revolution Fibres, New Zealand, says significant advancements have been made by using nanofiber interleaving veils to increase the impact strength, delamination resistance and fatigue life of composites. Dr. Beckermann notes findings reveal that nanofiber veils may outperform thermoplastic toughening particles and microfiber veils. Nanofiber veils may also improve the …

What's New?

Smart bandages can help identify infection

February 24, 2017

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced the development of a smart bandage that improves wound management by indicating healing problems. Many of the signs of infection, such as redness, swelling,  and increased temperature and discharge can be subtle and difficult to interpret. The CSIRO bandages respond to the need for early …

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Dealing with dust mite allergy—without permethrin

February 23, 2017

The William Küster Institute for Hygiene, Environment and Medicine at the Hohenstein Institute has tested a new product made by Proneem France that contains active ingredients effective against mites in textiles. The Institute reports that the Proneem product could act as an alternative to permethrin, a neurotoxin that may cause side effects in humans, including …

What's New?

Dealing with dust mite allergy—without permethrin

February 20, 2017

The William Küster Institute for Hygiene, Environment and Medicine at the Hohenstein Institute has tested a new product made by Proneem France that contains active ingredients effective against mites in textiles. The Institute reports that the Proneem product could act as an alternative to permethrin, a neurotoxin that may cause side effects in humans, including …