zero2Infinity will launch nanosatellites from the stratosphere

October 27, 2014

[lightbox link=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2014/10/Bloostar1.jpg” thumb=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2014/10/Bloostar1-818×350.jpg” width=”818″ align=”center” title=”Bloostar1″ frame=”true” icon=”image”] Spanish company zero2Infinity, which conducts unmanned scientific and technical flights, plans to launch nanosatellites from the stratosphere in its next project scheduled for November. Known for its near-Space ballooning experience, the company has been working to expand its capabilities to include a nanosatellite launch vehicle, named “bloostar,” …

3D printed headdress knows brain states

[lightbox link=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2014/10/Headress3.jpg” thumb=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2014/10/Headress3-940×350.jpg” width=”940″ align=”center” title=”Headress3″ frame=”true” icon=”image”] NEUROTiQ has a catchy name, certainly, but it is an intriguing product. The knitted, 3D printed, EEG brain sensor maps thoughts and exhibits brain states with color. Designed by Kristin Neidlinger, with assistance from Grant Patterson and Nathan Tucker , the eye-catching (and thought-provoking) headdress was 3D …

Major growth in sensors and smart clothing materials anticipated

The market for sensors and smart materials used in clothing will grow from roughly $212 million this year to more than $1.8 billion by 2021, according to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets. Smart clothing might finally evolve to become the computing devices of the future with watches and displays being printed on …

PurThread imbeds silver for lasting efficacy

A recent study has found that N.C.-based PurThread’s silver-embedded fabrics kill 99.99 percent of bacteria such as MRSA, Salmonella and E. coli within four hours of contact. This new method of embedding silver in fabric, rather than applying it topically, means that the antimicrobial benefits of silver will not wash out, wear away over time …

Clariant confirms safer flame retardant for PU foam

[lightbox link=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2014/10/Clariant-foam1.jpg” thumb=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2014/10/Clariant-foam1.jpg” width=”1024″ align=”center” title=”Clariant foam1″ frame=”true” icon=”image”] Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant announces that its Exolit® OP 560 is confirmed as a safer flame retardant for PU foam. This is good news for the upholstery industry and other sectors looking for safer, environmentally more compatible flame retardants that meet internationally accepted flammability standards …

Smart textiles collaboration underway

Smart textile and wearable intelligence prototypes for all kinds of applications with the potential to alter people’s lives are increasingly shown at major trade shows. Safety and intervention, home care and medical, military, sports and leisure applications are believed to be the major growth markets for these products. To greater understand the technology and its potential …

Implantable drug delivery with extruded fibers

Extruded fibers, loaded with precise dosages of drugs can be made into various implantable drug delivery platforms that can provide healing with more precision and efficacy than other methods now used. This is the premise of Dallas, Texas-based TissueGen Inc., the developer of the absorbable polymer technology. In a presentation at IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Expo …

What today’s medical textiles can do

October 14, 2014

[lightbox link=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2014/10/Secant-Medical-Nitinol-Blue-Braid-Merged-Small-sRGB.jpg” thumb=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2014/10/Secant-Medical-Nitinol-Blue-Braid-Merged-Small-sRGB-940×350.jpg” width=”940″ align=”center” title=”Secant Medical Nitinol Blue Braid Merged-Small sRGB” frame=”true” icon=”image”] IFAI Advanced Textiles Conference medical track covers innovations in textile engineering. The first day of IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 13-14 covered a range of innovative new technologies and products in the field of medical and biomedical textiles. It may take …

Medical textiles save lives

October 10, 2014

Medical professionals are limited in what they can do to save someone who is very sick with an Ebola virus; there is no magic cure or a vaccine to prevent it. But there is a way to prevent the spread of the frequently deadly viruses and potentially save thousands of lives. It involves fabric. This …