Tiny solar cells turn power generation sideways

August 31, 2016

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have created high-performance, micro-scale solar cells that outshine comparable devices in key performance measures. The miniature solar panels could power a myriad of personal devices, such as wearable medical sensors, smart watches and even auto-focusing contact lenses, according to information provided by the university. Large, rooftop photovoltaic arrays generate electricity from …

CoolVisions® dyeable filament fabrics feature creora® eco-soft

August 30, 2016

Functional fabrics featuring CoolVisions® dyeable polypropylene filament have now been developed with additional benefits provided by creora® eco-soft, a low-heat settable spandex from global synthetic fiber manufacturer, Hyosung. While the cool, silky hand, ease of dyeing, and inherent lightness of polypropylene filament brings a new look and feel to performance fabrics, the addition of creora …

Bugatti Chiron shows off its carbon-fiber skin

August 29, 2016

Bugatti’s Chiron, introduced last winter at the Geneva Motor Show and boasts a classy, blue-tinted carbon-fiber paneling. Now available, about 200 of the limited production of 500 cars already have been ordered—at an entry-level price of $2.6 million. Though the carbon-fiber body makes the car “lighter,” it still weighs in at 4,400 pounds, but will …

New Birdair roofing ready for U.S. Open tennis tournament

August 26, 2016

With the U.S. Open Championships beginning Aug. 29, Birdair Inc. announces the completion of a series of renovations to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park in Queens, N.Y. The enhancements include Arthur Ashe Stadium’s new retractable roofing system with 210,000 square feet of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane, as well as the …

Hexcel’s multiaxial fabrics reinforce Dasyc’s hangar

August 25, 2016

Hexcel’s HiMax™ glass fiber fabrics were selected by Greek company Dasyc SA for the manufacture of its Composite Modular Transportable Hangar. Constructed from prefabricated composite sandwich panels, the structure can be employed in a variety of civil or military applications. The use of the quadaxial reinforcements, made by Hexcel Reinforcements UK Ltd. (formerly Formax), enabled …

Alexium announces Asian orders for Alexicool™

August 24, 2016

Australian specialty chemicals developer Alexium International Group Ltd. has announced new business developments with the sales of Alexicool™ for international markets and entry into the global adhesives sector with the sales of multiple containers of Alexium’s environmentally friendly fire retardant to iTextiles, Alexium’s distribution partner for Asia, the Middle East and Europe. New customers referred …

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 …

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference registration opens

August 19, 2016

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) presents its Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 18-19 in Charlotte, N.C. The special two-day event is in conjunction with IFAI Expo running through Oct. 21. Programming is divided into three tracks: Textile Testing, which includes the opportunity to earn certification from North Carolina State University (NCSU); Automotive; and Materials and …

Textiles could repair themselves and neutralize chemicals

Someday, chemically protective suits made of fabric coated in self-healing, thin films may prevent farmers from exposure to organophosphate pesticides, soldiers from chemical or biological attacks in the field and factory workers from accidental releases of toxic materials, according to a team of researchers at Pennsylvania’s Penn State University. “Fashion designers use natural fibers made …