Fabric pavilion is an invitation to all in Sydney

May 31, 2017

As a competition entry for the Archmedium Sydney Rehearsal Follies, French architect Guillaume Mazars submitted a design for a pavilion dedicated to music in the Royal Botanic Garden of Sydney, according to Australian architecture firm Archinect. Mazars’ musical plaza is covered by a large sail suspended by a network of cables tightened between metallic blades. The roof consists …

Innovation Award 2017 winners announced

May 30, 2017

The 14th annual Techtextil Innovation Awards were presented at the opening ceremony of Techtextil. An international jury chose eight products in four categories in this year’s competition. Winners in the New Application category included: Centexbel: The intelligent knee brace from Centexbel, a nonprofit organization, supports patients during rehabilitation after knee operations. A textile sensor identifies the …

Collaboration develops wearable exosuit

May 26, 2017

Virginia Tech and nationwide retailer Lowe’s have collaborated to develop a lift-assisting wearable exosuit, designed to increase safety for store employees as they lift products. The technology uses soft and flexible electronic elements, making the suit wearable. Alan Asbeck, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, with a team of eight …

OEKO-TEX addresses sustainability at FIT and AAFA events

May 25, 2017

Global standards for the textile industry will be discussed by OEKO-TEX at the Summer Conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) June 5–8, 2017. The Summer Conference at FIT, titled “Sustainability & Textiles—New Models,” will address sustainability standards, closed loop and circular economies, farm to fashion and textile innovations. The AAFA Product Safety Seminar sponsored by OEKO-TEX will be …

Sleeping Bag Sleeve wards off mosquitos

May 22, 2017

The new OFFIS Textile Ltd. Sleeping Bag Sleeve is meant for use in wet conditions, especially high flood areas, where insects are widespread. Most serious fever diseases, such as yellow fever, malaria and the Zika virus, are transmitted by insects, notably mosquitoes. The company says that its new 240-by-80 cm sleeping bag sleeve will reduce the …

Largest aircraft takes to the sky again

Hybrid Air Vehicles recently completed the Airlander 10’s third test flight, which lasted almost three hours. Called the largest aircraft on the planet, it has no internal structure, but maintains its huge barrel shape due to the pressure stabilization of the helium inside the hull and the “smart,” strong Vectran material of which it is constructed. …

Thermal regulation heats up

Refined materials and improved processes impact climate control applications. New developments in climate control for technical textiles are seeing the emergence of more refined materials offering enhanced possibilities in a range of industries from automotive to architecture. At the TechTextil trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, in May, a number of these innovations were showcased, reflecting …

IFAI Expo 2017 offers e-textile ‘Hackathon’ design challenge 

As part of the Advanced Textiles Conference, Smart Fabrics Track, IFAI Expo 2017 introduces its first “Hackathon,” challenging registrants to create the most innovative, new, e-textiles product – with only materials available in the show’s E-Textiles Workshop. Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, students, engineers and artists attending Expo 2017 are invited to participate. This year’s Expo takes …

TAPPI meeting showcases innovation and collaboration

The Technical Association of the Paper and Pulp Industry (TAPPI) hosted the PaperCon International Conference in April with about 1600 attendees and 75 exhibitors gathered in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The unique feature of this event has been the co-location of the nonwovens conference of TAPPI, referred to as NET Inc. TAPPI has been gaining …

Hyosung launches MIPAN Robic fine

May 19, 2017

Hyosung has announced a new yarn that it says has 15 to 20 percent higher tenacity than regular nylon in the same deniers. The MIPAN Robic Fine yarn family ranges from 7–15 denier. Hyusong envisions the new yarns will be used for higher tensile strength and abrasion resistance in workwear, military uniforms and bags, backpacks, …