Use of smart textiles increases globally

March 31, 2017

Technological collaborations among companies have contributed to the growth of the global smart and interactive textile market, reports www.fashionatingworld.com. On the basis of the end user, the global market is segmented as: medical, healthcare, military, aerospace, transportation, and others. Developments in newly crafted textiles have led innovators to invent many smart textile applications such as color-changing …

LEGO-compatible tape introduced

March 30, 2017

Design studio Nimuno has created a LEGO-compatible tape that turns everyday surfaces into LEGO building surface. The tape, called Nimuno Loops, is flexible, can be cut, and features reusable adhesive backing. Users can build vertically, around wall corners, on curved surfaces or windows, or on the flat surfaces of other LEGO blocks. After more than a year of research …

FabricLink announces Top 10 Innovations Awards

March 29, 2017

The FabricLink Network’s Top 10 Innovations recognize technical achievements and originality that improve or advance finished product applications and performance. The winners for 2016–17 include new fiber and fabric developments; novel insulation improvements and smart fabric technologies; and a tagging solution using DNA to protect intellectual properties. The winning innovations: The CertainT Platform, developed byApplied DNA …

IFAI’s 2017 Smart Fabrics Program

Channeling exciting ideas into new product development. At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference, four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. The Advanced Textiles Conference, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New …

Student Design Competitions application deadline May 15

March 27, 2017

IFAI appreciates members’ dedication to helping advance the textile industry. We encourage you to further that advancement by passing along the following information to students  who are interested in a textile industry career. Students have until Monday, May 15, 2017, to submit projects for the IFAI Student Design Competitions. Any project completed between May 2016- May 2017 is eligible. …

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 …

Tauber Institute launches student and industry partnership

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 …

IFAI announces Smart Fabrics Program at Expo 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. …

Levi’s and Project Jacquard on the move

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 the ability to …

Lenzing launches Refibra™ lyocell fibers

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 …