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IFAI Expo 2018 show named a Gold 100 Grand Award finalist

September 13, 2019

Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) Expo 2018 show has been announced as a finalist for Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Gold 100 Grand Award for the Do-Gooder award category for work with the Manufacturing for Good booth. The Do-Gooder category is specifically for shows that promote events for philanthropy or social causes. IFAI Expo 2018 made giving back …

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Devan R-Vital® CBD-infused textiles hit the market

September 12, 2019

With the recent launch of Acabada ProActiveWear, CBD-infused textiles are now available. The fabric treatment behind the CBD-infused textiles was developed by Devan Chemicals, a Belgian company specializing in functional finishes for textile markets. Devan launched its CBD (Cannabidiol) fabric treatment at Heimtextil 2019 in Frankfurt as part of their R-Vital® range of microencapsulated active …

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The future of wearables is medical

September 9, 2019

by James Hayward Wearable technology and medical devices have many prominent synergies. Electronic devices on the body are perfectly placed for sensors to collect data relevant to healthcare, with communication options allowing them to be the gateway to digital health data. Common sensor options within wearable devices include options for motion, such as fall detection …

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Medical textiles: value and limitations

September 9, 2019

How Medical Device Master Files can support a productive business partnership. by Elaine Duncan Medical Device Master Files, known as a MAF, have value for textile contract manufacturers and the medical device developer in many ways. Most medical device manufacturers who incorporate a medical textile into their product will seek a knowledgeable textile contractor who …

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Bally Ribbon Mills introduces E-WEBBINGS®

September 9, 2019

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) has introduced E-WEBBINGS® e-textile product base, specifically designed to serve as a customizable base for a wide range of smart textile applications within the Internet of Things (IoT). These smart textiles serve as the foundation layer to which electronic intercommunication technology is integrated directly, and they allow for smaller final product …

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Visible light can remove toxic dyes

September 9, 2019

A team of Texas Tech University (TTU) researchers working in advanced textiles has found a new way to remove toxic dye pollutants from wastewater, and their approach is safer, cheaper and easier than traditional methods, a recent release from TTU says.   Water contaminated with leftover synthetic dyes and pigments, a result of washing the textiles …

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained

September 9, 2019

by Janet Preus The medical textiles market is expected to reach $23.3 billion by 2025, according to a release May 29, 2019 from reportlinker.com. Non-implantable goods, the report says, takes the largest share, which is not at all surprising for obvious reasons. What’s a bit surprising is the growth in medical devices, including those that …

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Scientists laser print graphene supercapacitors

September 9, 2019

The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics will be laser printed and made in minutes. That’s the future imagined by the RMIT University researchers behind a new e-textile technology. The team of scientists reported they have developed a cost-efficient and scaleable method for fabricating textiles embedded with energy storage devices. In just three minutes, the …

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Inaugural automotive textiles conference set for February

September 5, 2019

The “Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry” conference will bring together the key players in the industry, from original equipment manufacturers and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, to raw material manufacturers, as well as builders of textile manufacturing equipment. The inaugural conference will be held in Birmingham, U.K., February 5–6, 2020, and is presented by International Newsletters …

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Origami inspires pots for plants

September 5, 2019

A pair of Scottish engineers, Andrew Flynn and Martin Keane, has created origami plant pot reservoirs designed to be delivered through letter boxes. POTR pots have a quick-draw cotton cord that pulls the pot up around the plant, transforming the flat pack into a multifaceted plant pot.  After adding water to the reservoir, a potted plant …

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2018 Advanced Textiles Student Design Competition Winners Announced

October 18, 2018

Advanced Textile Products and the Narrow Fabrics Institute, divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), recently selected the winners of the 2018 Advanced Textiles Student Design Competition. The awards were announced during IFAI Expo 2018, held in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 15-18. First Place First-place honors went to J. Walter Lee, Stephanie Wang and Caroline …

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Testing basics provide key communication points on textile products

October 17, 2018

When you plan to sell a textile product, there are numerous reasons to test it before taking it to market. Many of those testing results tell you what you can ultimately communicate to others about your product, and what they can expect of your product. Dr. Emiel DenHartog, North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, …

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IFAI Expo 2018: Show Stopper winners on the floor

October 17, 2018

All the best from Texas: Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The seventh annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services …

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2018 IFF Greater Good Award winner: Service Thread

October 17, 2018

Service Thread, based in Laurinburg, N.C., was awarded the 2018 Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) Greater Good Award at IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas. The Greater Good Award focuses on an IFAI member company that does good business—and strives to be a good neighbor, good citizen, and good partner. Nomination criteria were based on the …

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Advanced textiles market research at Expo

October 17, 2018

Jeff Rasmussen, IFAI market research director, presented a brief overview of the advanced textiles market at IFAI’s Expo 2018 in Dallas this week. His research reveals that steady growth should be expected at 8.8 percent for 2018 (the same as 2017). In his Advanced Textiles Market Update, Rasmussen pointed to the overlay between the smart …

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Fiber production trends outlined

October 17, 2018

An update on fiber production did not reveal any big surprises, but it did provide some important details assessing the nature of the market today. In a “Campfire” session on the show floor, Darrell Collier, Tecnon OrbiChem, showed participants the growth trajectory and market dominance that polyester since it entered the textile market. Collier also …

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IFF 2018 Innovation Award Winner: W.L. Gore & Associates

October 17, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) has announced W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., Newark, Del., as the winner of the 2018 IFF Innovation Award. The company’s GORE-TEX® PYRAD® fabric won in the category of Fabrics, Fibers and Films. The award was presented at IFAI Expo 2018 at IFAI’s annual meeting, held Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the …

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2018 International Achievement Award Winners Announced

October 17, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, announced at the awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at IFAI Expo 2018. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in North America, held this year at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention …

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Sharpen your competitive edge

October 17, 2018

Asking yourself one simple question can help make your business a magnet for new customers, says marketing professional Madeleine MacRae, owner of MM MacRae Coaching & Consulting. “That question is ‘Who is your ideal client?’” In her Oct. 16 Expo session on distinguishing yourself in the marketplace, MacRae says answering this question is the key …

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GlideWear finds new applications in reducing friction

October 16, 2018

A variety of advanced textile products were discussed in sessions during IFAI’s Pre-Expo Conference Oct. 15. Caroline Portoghese explained how her company’s product, called GlideWear, offers innovative skin protection by reducing friction and shear to prevent skin tears and blisters. The product has been used by athletes, burn patients wearing compression garments, in wheelchair components …

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Medical textiles: value and limitations

September 9, 2019

How Medical Device Master Files can support a productive business partnership. by Elaine Duncan Medical Device Master Files, known as a MAF, have value for textile contract manufacturers and the medical device developer in many ways. Most medical device manufacturers who incorporate a medical textile into their product will seek a knowledgeable textile contractor who …

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Textiles and energy technologies for the future

August 26, 2019

Energy harvesting wearables offer an intriguing alternative in meeting energy needs.  by Seshadri Ramkumar The topic of this article certainly exudes interest and intrigue, but while the nonconventional textiles sector has been well established for about 50-years, the energy harvesting field is yet nascent, and commercialization hasn’t reached a level that can be well quantified. …

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Energy for smart materials and systems

August 12, 2019

New developments address power and its integration into the production process—for whatever applications can be imagined. by Marie O’Mahony The means chosen in energy provision for smart textiles is largely dictated by the application, or, more precisely, the needs and behavior of the user. This is a meaningful development, taking it from the typical questions …

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Global standards for e-textiles

July 29, 2019

The European market is influencing open international standards development through IPC. by Chris Jorgensen In spring 2017, companies representing the global e-textiles community formed the IPC D-70 E-Textiles Committee to develop IPC international standards for their industry. As word spread about the committee and its activities, the committee roster grew to more than 150 organizations …

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Protecting our protectors

July 15, 2019

Slash resistant clothing can reduce the risk of knife injuries and laceration.  by Robert Kaiser People throughout history have sought and found the means to protect themselves with specially designed and constructed garments. From furs and chainmail, to leather, metals or fabric, a range of materials has been used creatively to protect against injury or …

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Progress in e-textile standards

July 15, 2019

Organizers push for industry participation in the ongoing process. By Janet Preus Work is well underway, progress has been reported, and new initiatives have been launched. At IFAI’s Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit this spring, presenters Chris Jorgensen, IPC, and Stephanie Rodgers, Apex Mills, provided a comprehensive update on the development of international standards for e-textiles. …

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Bringing innovative textiles to market

June 24, 2019

Partnerships all along the supply chain lend critical support in achieving goals.  by Marie O’Mahony Rita McGrath, associate professor at Columbia Business School, advises that “change is not the dangerous thing, stability is.” In this second of two articles on innovation, the focus is on factors that can influence the way that innovative textiles come to market. …

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When innovation succeeds

June 10, 2019

Collaborative, long-term efforts produce successful new products and applications. by Marie O’Mahony Harvard professor and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997), Clayton M. Christensen, identified two forms of innovation: sustaining and disruptive. The former he classifies as that which improves product performance, while the latter introduces a very different value proposition to what was previously …

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Soft robotics pair with textile technologies

May 20, 2019

New shape memory capabilities have application in several markets. At last week’s Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit, sponsored by IFAI, Brad Holschuh, Ph.D., assistant professor of wearable technology and apparel design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota (UMN), gave a presentation titled, “Soft-Robotic Textiles Using Integrated Active Materials.” In his talk, he …

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Growth meets change in protective textiles

May 20, 2019

Innovating and commercializing to participate in future opportunities. by Seshadri Ramkumar The textiles sector has been reshaping itself due to the increasing cost of raw materials, sustainability issues, labor costs and regulatory issues. These, in a way, have been a boon to the traditional textiles sector, prompting more diverse products and value-added products with industry …

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Learn from the experts at IFAI Expo’s AT Conference

July 29, 2019

Join industry experts October 1 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., as they lead educational and inspiring sessions at the Advanced Textiles Conference. Presentations will cover topics in military, medical, smart fabrics and aerospace markets, as well as discussions about innovation and standards. Speakers include: Elaine Duncan, MSME, RAC, AIMBE, Paladin Medical Inc. …

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Nonwovens conference, RISE 2019, set for Sept. 24-25

June 19, 2019

The Association of Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) presents RISE 2019 Sept. 24–25 at North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh, N.C. The conference is designed to be two days of in-depth technical exploration into “what’s next” and “what’s needed” from leaders in materials research and innovative science as applied to engineered fabrics, the organizers of …

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Covestro TPU expansion in Taiwan

June 18, 2019

Covestro has completed the expansion of its thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) capacity at its Changhua manufacturing site in Taiwan, according to Knitting Industry.com. The company predicts that the plant will cater to the Asia Pacific region’s market needs, including providing bio-based TPU. TPU is used for flexibility and performance in the footwear and automotive markets as …

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IPC E-Textiles 2019 registration opens

June 17, 2019

IPC E-Textiles 2019 is a technical education workshop for innovators, technologists and brands to learn about the latest innovations, designs and manufacturing concepts and to collaborate on solutions and identify partners. The event takes place at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 10–11, 2019. The event will provide a venue for active participation during technical …

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LOOMIA wins 2019 NYCxDesign Award for Technology

June 10, 2019

The LOOMIA Electronic Layer (LEL) by New York, N.Y.-based LOOMIA Technologies has received the 2019 NYCxDesign Award for Technology. The small startup was in competition with projects by much larger companies, such as Steelcase, Basalte, and Frasch. While LOOMIA is known for its smart textiles for apparel projects, the firm’s industry reach now extends to …

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New Hot Swap program from Kamber

April 8, 2019

Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery LLC, a global trader and specialist in pre-owned weaving, braiding and knitting machinery, has announced a new Hot Swap program for manufacturers. The program offers manufacturers the opportunity to have their narrow fabric needle looms completely refurbished with a full one-year warranty and with zero minutes of downtime with their current …

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Webinar: Wearable Tech & Smart Textiles: A platform for women’s leadership

April 5, 2019

Members: $69  Non-Members: $129  April 30 | Noon EST  Join Justine Decaens of CTT Group for a webinar in conjunction with the Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit. The start-up culture is emerging as textile manufacturers have begun diversifying and differentiating by leveraging smart textiles. This culture is driving a new mentality and providing leadership roles for women. …

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Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit registration now open

April 5, 2019

Members: $200 both days | $125/one day  Non-Members: $300 both days | $175/one day May 14-15, 2019 | 11:00am – 3:00pm EST For the third year, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will host the Smart Fabrics Summit 2019. This year, the summit will be conducted virtually from May 14-15, 2019. Newly titled as the “Smart Fabrics Virtual …

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Growth predicted for thermal insulation market

April 5, 2019

A new report from Transparency Market Research (TMR) tracks and predicts the thermal insulation market growth from 2017 to 2025. According to TMR, the global thermal insulation market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4 percent to attain a value of about $78 billion] by the end of 2025. …

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NCTO announces new officers

April 1, 2019

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has announced the election of its 2019 officers. Leib Oehmig, CEO of Glen Raven Inc., based in North Carolina was elected chair. Glen Raven is a leader in textile research and development, dying, spinning, weaving and finishing, and distribution and logistics. Vice chair for 2019 is David Roberts, CEO of CAP …

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Magnetics used to make “anti-gravity” shoes

September 3, 2019

Japanese artist and designer Yukako Hihara has created a pair of shoes that uses magnetic forces to create the physical sense of walking on the moon. The “anti-gravity” shoes were created as part of an experiment to offer consumers a product that made them feel like they were flying. To create shoes that give the sensation of defying …

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Squid-inspired jacket reflects full color spectrum

August 26, 2019

Innovative sportswear and sports gear company, Vollebak, has launched a jacket that will reflect all colors of the visible light spectrum. The Black Squid Jacket is a fully waterproof and windproof outer shell that mimics one of nature’s most mesmerising innovations – the adaptive camouflage of the squid.  Over the last 500 million years they’ve …

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Robotic tail for humans developed

August 23, 2019

Researchers at Keio University in Japan have developed “Arque,” a robotic tail that humans can wear to improve balance. The device was informed by the ways animals passively use their tails to shift their center of gravity. Arque consists of interlocking plastic vertebrae that use a spring-based structure to handle shearing and tangential forces. Each vertebra is controlled …

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Touch-sensitive robotic e-skin developed

August 12, 2019

Robots and prosthetic devices may soon have a sense of touch equivalent to, or better than, the human skin with the Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin (ACES), an artificial nervous system developed by a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Sciencedaily.com reports that the new material has high responsiveness and robustness to …

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Conductive origami creates novel light switch

August 12, 2019

Industrial designer Yael Akirav has explored a new way of turning on light fixtures by using 3D printing of conductive filament directly on a textile, which is then folded using origami techniques. When the printed material conducts electricity, the origami-like intersecting folds of the fabric turn on the light by contracting and stretching the structure. The rigid printing onto …

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Probiotic clothing activated by sweat

July 29, 2019

Researcher and designer Rosie Broadhead recently unveiled Skin II, a probiotic clothing concept activated by sweat to reduce odor and promote healthy skin. The clothing was developed in collaboration with microbiologist Dr. Chris Callewaert of Ghent University, to explorethe beneficial effect good bacteria can have on our skin. Skin II harnesses probiotic technology to allow the …

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Biopack offers use, plant and grow packaging

June 27, 2019

Greek designer George Bosnas thinks the traditional waste management process is lengthy and uses a lot of energy. In response, he created the sustainable approach to a traditionalegg carton – the Biopack. For this designer, an alternative to “reduce, reuse, recycle” is “use, plant, grow.” According to an Inspiralistarticle, Bosnas was looking for a way to create a package …

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Seafood shells for better plastic, packaging and textiles

June 24, 2019

Scientists are tackling the world’s need to keep plastics out of landfills and waterways. One method may be found in making the most of seafood waste. A Science News article reports that the shells of crustaceans contain chitin, a material that has many of plastic’s desirable properties, but it can take weeks or months to biodegrade, rather …

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Poncho design “explodes”

May 9, 2019

A transformative poncho is the latest collaboration between Nike and Tom Sachs. The poncho has taken four years to arrive at this patent-pending stage of design, according to a report on designboom.com. Jarrett Reynolds, Nike’s senior design director for apparel special projects, developed the slim-line pack containing a quick-deploy and easily repacked poncho as part of a …

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Knit canoe buoyed by 3D

May 6, 2019

VISIONknit, a technical knitting company based in Toronto, Canada, and Canadian collaborators Composite Creations, have launched a 3D knitted canoe. The VISIONknit material can be used on modern flat (v-bed) knitting machines and knit into patterns, accompanying logos and other design features.  According to an article in Knitting Industry, the company’s patent pending material is a …

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Devan R-Vital® CBD-infused textiles hit the market

September 12, 2019

With the recent launch of Acabada ProActiveWear, CBD-infused textiles are now available. The fabric treatment behind the CBD-infused textiles was developed by Devan Chemicals, a Belgian company specializing in functional finishes for textile markets. Devan launched its CBD (Cannabidiol) fabric treatment at Heimtextil 2019 in Frankfurt as part of their R-Vital® range of microencapsulated active …

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Bally Ribbon Mills introduces E-WEBBINGS®

September 9, 2019

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) has introduced E-WEBBINGS® e-textile product base, specifically designed to serve as a customizable base for a wide range of smart textile applications within the Internet of Things (IoT). These smart textiles serve as the foundation layer to which electronic intercommunication technology is integrated directly, and they allow for smaller final product …

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Scientists laser print graphene supercapacitors

September 9, 2019

The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics will be laser printed and made in minutes. That’s the future imagined by the RMIT University researchers behind a new e-textile technology. The team of scientists reported they have developed a cost-efficient and scaleable method for fabricating textiles embedded with energy storage devices. In just three minutes, the …

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Window film molecule captures the sun

August 26, 2019

A window film could be capable of offsetting the worst midday heat and distributing that heat evenly from morning to evening, thanks to a specially designed molecule. The molecule is part of a concept that researchers at Chalmers University of Technology call molecular solar thermal storage, or MOST. Lead researcher, chemist Kasper Moth-Poulsen, envisions office complexes and airports …

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Lunar landing anniversary marked with special socks

August 19, 2019

EnerWear marked the 50th anniversary of the first mission to the moon by creating their “Lunar Lander” socks, made with patented Outlast fabric that was tested in Space. A recent news release from the company says the new socks are crafted from phase-changing materials that can absorb, store and release heat for thermal comfort. The …

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Scientists test “artificial muscle”

August 12, 2019

A group of researchers from China and the U.S. have enabled a foil paper doll to do sit-ups, by adding a crystalline organic material to a polymer to make it more flexible. The polymer covalent organic framework, or polyCOF, was used by the scientists to build their version of an artificial muscle. To make conventional COFs, the scientists …

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Wearable air conditioning in development

August 9, 2019

The Sony Startup Acceleration Program has generated a new textile technology. The Reon Pocket is a small device designed to provide wearable air conditioning. Operating via Bluetooth, the device slips into an undershirt that includes a pocket at the base of the neck and connects to an app that gives users control of the temperature via a …

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Lemon fragrance released in a textile will mask sweat

August 8, 2019

Researchers at the University of Minho in Portugal have modified cotton fabric to emit a lemon smell upon contact with sweat. A story in sportstextiles.com reports that Carla Silva, Artur Cavaco-Paulo and colleagues wanted to develop two strategies for releasing citronellol, a lemongrass-derived scent used in some insect repellents.  The first approach involved an odorant-binding protein …

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Textiles team up with technology for smart medical products

August 7, 2019

by Pamela Mills-Senn Take operating room (OR) technology. In today’s ORs, one might find an array of smart surgical tools, augmented reality devices and precision robotics that assist surgeons in performing the most complex and exacting of procedures. Patients are greatly benefiting from these advancements, but this isn’t the only medical area where technology is …

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SDL Atlas shows new textile testing products line

August 6, 2019

SDL Atlas showcased at ITMA 2019 a new line of textile test materials, RemoteAccess, and the newly redesigned Vortex M6, a recent news release says. The Vortex M6 incorporates a full-color touch-screen controller that uses English and Chinese. RemoteAccess is a system for tracking real-time testing progress of instruments. The app is available for download …