New “Big Red” spider silks offer superior strength

June 28, 2013

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. has announced that researchers, working pursuant to Kraig’s collaborative research program utilizing customized spider silk genetic engineering sequences, have succeeded in creating a new type of recombinant spider silk. The silk, which has an unusual red color, has been designated “Big Red” by the company. “Big Red is a composite fiber,” …

Carbon nanotube fabrics: A new nonwoven material

Dry processed fabrics containing high aspect ratio carbon nanotubes could enable a new generation of products. Carbon nanotube (CNT) research has received a lot of popular press recently because of the amazing potential applications of these unique nanofibers. Carbon nanotubes have been highly studied by materials scientists who see the potential in their amazing stiffness, …

Glowing Man lights up the slopes

June 27, 2013

Photographer/director Jacob Sutton filmed pro snowboarder William Hughes over the course of three nights in the French Alps, doing what a snowboarder does, in a manner of speaking. But for the “Glowing Man” project, Hughes was outfitted in a custom LED-covered suit, created by designer John Spatcher. Flat Cat Productions, Gloucester, U.K., produced the suit. …

AATCC, USA and TecniTex Nonwovens present conference in October

June 26, 2013

AATCC, USA will partner with Bangalore, India-based TecniTex Nonwovens Pvt. Ltd. in conducting an international conference on “Advances in Fibers, Finishes, Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, Oct. 1-2, 2013 in Mumbai, India. This international conference will focus on emerging themes such as: Technical Textiles Nonwovens & Composites Functional Finishes Sustainability across the Textile Supply Chain Advancements …

Textile finishing system combines pretreatment, coating and drying

June 25, 2013

Textile finishing in classic dip tanks requires large amounts of drying energy due to the immense water volumes used in the dipping process, which often lead to high water loads in the dryer. In contrast to this, spray application offers precise and minimal dosage, saving energy, water and chemicals, and enabling the one-sided or even …

NRG launches Solar Canopy

New product will provide energy without additional solar panels or connecting to the electricity grid. At Fortune’s Brainstorm Green conference, NRG Energy CEO David Crane unveiled a new product that provides shade and solar energy. The Solar Canopy will launch by the end of the year, according to NRG, and be available in four sizes …

New Fibertect® better at toxins cleanup

A new version of Fibertect®, a nonwoven decontamination wipe created by researchers at Texas Tech University, has proven more viable at cleaning up a nerve chemical surrogate than the decontamination substance currently used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), which is being phased out. Seshadri Ramkumar, lead investigator on the project and inventor of …

Lamborghini celebrates its anniversary with the Veneno

June 24, 2013

Italian luxury sports car maker, Lamborghini S.p.A., is celebrating its 50th anniversary by taking its signature head-turning vehicles in a surprising new direction. The $4 million Lamborghini Veneno, with snake fang styled headlights and enormous tailpipes takes more than looks to the extreme. The Veneno is built on the Aventador’s chassis and uses a 6.5-liter …

Slingmax products made with Dyneema® cradle Trade Center spire

Slingmax® Twin-Path® high-performance slings helped to complete the One World Trade Center Freedom Tower by cradling the spire while it was carefully lifted to its place at the peak of the building. The addition of the 408-foot silver spire brought Freedom Tower to its full height, a symbolic 1,776 feet, making it the tallest building …

IDTechEx forecasts a $100 million graphene market in 2018

Graphene promises to offer excellent material properties in almost all applications. Its extraordinary performance has led many to call it a wonder material; however, the reality is different, according to a new report published by IDTechEx (Graphene: Analysis of Technology, Markets and Players 2013-2018). In short, the report forecasts a $100 million market for graphene …