zero2Infinity will launch nanosatellites from the stratosphere

October 27, 2014

Spanish company zero2Infinity, which conducts unmanned scientific and technical flights, plans to launch nanosatellites from the stratosphere in its next project scheduled for November. Known for its near-Space ballooning experience, the company has been working to expand its capabilities to include a nanosatellite launch vehicle, named “bloostar,” to offer launch-on-demand for small satellites. zero2Infinity has …

PurThread imbeds silver for lasting efficacy

A recent study has found that N.C.-based PurThread’s silver-embedded fabrics kill 99.99 percent of bacteria such as MRSA, Salmonella and E. coli within four hours of contact. This new method of embedding silver in fabric, rather than applying it topically, means that the antimicrobial benefits of silver will not wash out, wear away over time …

Major growth in sensors and smart clothing materials anticipated

The market for sensors and smart materials used in clothing will grow from roughly $212 million this year to more than $1.8 billion by 2021, according to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets. Smart clothing might finally evolve to become the computing devices of the future with watches and displays being printed on …

3D printed headdress knows brain states

NEUROTiQ has a catchy name, certainly, but it is an intriguing product. The knitted, 3D printed, EEG brain sensor maps thoughts and exhibits brain states with color. Designed by Kristin Neidlinger, with assistance from Grant Patterson and Nathan Tucker , the eye-catching (and thought-provoking) headdress was 3D modeled and printed by MACHINIC, a digital prototyping …

Clariant confirms safer flame retardant for PU foam

Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant announces that its Exolit® OP 560 is confirmed as a safer flame retardant for PU foam. This is good news for the upholstery industry and other sectors looking for safer, environmentally more compatible flame retardants that meet internationally accepted flammability standards for flexible polyurethane foam. In its draft Alternatives Assessment …

Smart textiles collaboration underway

Smart textile and wearable intelligence prototypes for all kinds of applications with the potential to alter people’s lives are increasingly shown at major trade shows. Safety and intervention, home care and medical, military, sports and leisure applications are believed to be the major growth markets for these products. To greater understand the technology and its potential …

Implantable drug delivery with extruded fibers

Extruded fibers, loaded with precise dosages of drugs can be made into various implantable drug delivery platforms that can provide healing with more precision and efficacy than other methods now used. This is the premise of Dallas, Texas-based TissueGen Inc., the developer of the absorbable polymer technology. In a presentation at IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Expo …

What today’s medical textiles can do

October 14, 2014

IFAI Advanced Textiles Conference medical track covers innovations in textile engineering. The first day of IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 13-14 covered a range of innovative new technologies and products in the field of medical and biomedical textiles. It may take many years, in some cases, before these technological breakthroughs are available commercially, since the …

Medical textiles save lives

October 10, 2014

Medical professionals are limited in what they can do to save someone who is very sick with an Ebola virus; there is no magic cure or a vaccine to prevent it. But there is a way to prevent the spread of the frequently deadly viruses and potentially save thousands of lives. It involves fabric. This …