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. According to designboom.com, 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 shoes use …

Tauber Institute’s team projects uncover industry improvements

The 31 team projects 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. The team projects pair exceptional students with companies for a 14-week, multidisciplinary, collaborative project. Each two- or three-person team is composed of master’s …

IFAI announces Smart Fabrics Program at Expo 2017

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced an expanded Advanced Textiles (AT) program for its annual Expo, scheduled for Sept. 26-29, 2017 in New Orleans, La. Among the additions is a new Smart Fabrics Program designed to channel the excitement around smart fabrics into new product development, providing attendees with access to experts, materials …

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 he 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 …

Are smart textiles ready for the real world?

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a slow but sure evolution of wearable electronics, including smart textiles, designed primarily to monitor body functions and communicate with the Internet of Things. But a great many were not especially wearable, and some never made it out of the lab. The tide, however, seems to be turning. Première …

Three new products from Beaulieu Fibres Intl.

March 23, 2017

Beaulieu Fibres International, a European supplier of polyolefin fiber, will launch three new products in 2017. Starting in May 2017, Meralux fibers will be added to the Meraklon product portfolio. The company’s tests showed nonwovens made with the new fiber combinations have a higher loft/bulk. The product’s coverage should provide nonwovens with softness and a closed surface, …

“Magic Calendar” connects to a smart phone

March 22, 2017

Kosho Tsuboi, a Japanese design studio, has created Magic Calendar, a tactile paper calendar that connects to the Internet. Made from high-resolution electronic paper, the calendar syncs with a Google calendar via a mobile device. The smart calendar is antireflective so it can be viewed from all angles and lasts three months on a single charge …

MISSION launches first temperature-control apparel line

March 21, 2017

MISSION asserts scientists have found the human body uses upwards of 80 percent of its metabolic energy to regulate temperature, leaving significantly less energy for performance, endurance and stamina. The new VaporActive line of apparel for men and women is engineered to help accelerate thermo-regulation, so the body can use its energy more efficiently for performance, …

INVISTA evaluating possible sale

March 20, 2017

INVISTA reports it is “exploring strategic alternatives” for its Apparel & Advanced Textiles business, including the possibilities of selling or reinvesting. Brands produced and marketed by the company include Lycra and CoolMax fiber. Carmichael International reported that the main manufacturing assets are in the Lycra Spandex business as well as the nylon textile filament plant …