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

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Polartec® introduces Polartec Power Fill™

June 20, 2017

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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,

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Pitch a tent in a boat

May 18, 2017

Photos: Raptor Boats. Raptor Boats Platform XL combines a boat and a tent, providing anglers with shelter from the elements. The boat is designed for a two-person tent, but the Platform XL features 15 D-rings to accommodate a range of tents or bivouac sacks. The platform is constructed of four inflatable

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