Metlon adds 3M C790 carbon black reflective material

July 17, 2017

Metlon Corp. has announced the addition of 3M’s C790 Carbon Black reflective material to its product lineup. The company expects the material to serve active and leisure apparel applications, including training, running, cycling and motorsports. In daylight, the reflective material appears black. 3M states its “proprietary carbon black technology makes the color inherent to the …

Making the cooling effect of textiles measurable

July 1, 2017

Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation (HIT) has set out to measure the cooling effect of intelligent textiles. The Institute has created thermophysiological methods and models to objectively determine comfort levels for the wearer. The Institute’s new physical measuring method includes a heat release tester called WATson. The HIT thermophysiological evaluation system will compare the results of …

RhinoWolf combines camping essentials

June 30, 2017

Although camping pods by the startup RhinoWolf are made for one or two people, they are also designed with enough flexibility to accommodate a whole family on a camping trip. By combining a sequence of the tent-air mattress-sleeping bag pods, it is possible to make room for the exact number of campers, according to the …

adidas FORGEFIBER offers personalized stitching

June 26, 2017

Through the exploration of how organic cell structures grow, footwear manufacturer adidas has created a design process for athletic shoe uppers based on biomimicry and how the human body moves. Its new FORGEFIBER, a process using TPU-coated yarn, aims to maximize performance when stitched and compressed at various angles and layers for strength in motion. …

3M’s Carbon Black introduced

June 22, 2017

Athletic apparel designers have a new, high-performance reflective material from 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective material available to them. C790 Carbon Black stretch transfer film is a deep black-colored material when viewed in daylight, but when illuminated at night, it’s a vibrant, bright, reflective material. This property is durable through wear, stretch or washing. Featuring a low-temp …

Polartec® introduces Polartec Power Fill™

June 20, 2017

Polartec® has announced a new material designed as a passive insulation solution for the coldest conditions. Power Fill™ is a soft and pliable matrix of polyester fibers engineered with a proprietary hollow fiber construction forming thousands of air pockets that continuously capture and contain body heat and maintains an equalized thermal layer between the elements …

MISSION launches new cooling towel

June 12, 2017

MISSION has recently unveiled a new temperature-control technology that the company says provides 30 percent greater cooling power than its original cooling towels. MISSION’s products are designed to help athletes combat the effects of heat and over-heating. “HydroActive Max” is made of a durable, soft-touch fabric that is machine washable and has built-in chemical-free technology. …

New SABIC filaments portfolio

June 8, 2017

SABIC has unveiled a new portfolio of six high-performance filament grades for fused deposition modeling. The new filaments, designed for use with Stratasys Fortus printers, are based on the company’s Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin, Cycolac acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resin and Lexan polycarbonate (PC) resin and offer the same composition as the company’s injection moulding grades. Manufacturers can use the filaments to produce a range …

Starlinger unveils eight-shuttle circular loom

June 7, 2017

Starlinger has introduced a new loom that operates with eight weaving shuttles and features a newly constructed reed. The FX 8.0 circular loom is used for the production of heavy-duty tape fabric. Designed for the production of tubular and flat fabrics with up to 260 grams per square meter, the loom can process polypropylene, HDPE …

Jackets and packs repair themselves

June 6, 2017

Lifestyle brand Imperial Motion, based in Tacoma, Wash., is offering a new line of jackets and backpacks made of self-healing fabric. The company’s Nano Cure Tech Fabric is a lightweight, waterproof nylon ripstop, combined with a double-sided coating, that has resealing and repairing capabilities. When activated by the heat of a person’s fingers, small holes and …