In two full days of sessions, IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 6–7 in Anaheim, Calif., offers three programming tracks, more than 25 speakers and presentations of particular interest to advanced textiles industry participants.
One track includes market forecasts for wearable electronic devices; stretchable electronic ink and smart clothing; garments as computers; the future of 3D printing; and several sessions on biomaterials, infection control technologies and commercializing issues related to them. Additional sessions cover super-nonwetting fibers and fabrics; lightweight, soft body armor; high-visibility materials; and business topics on diversification and branding.
A special program on testing is open to all attendees and will be repeated each day of Expo to create opportunities for everyone to attend. “Testing 101” will be presented by Emiel DenHartog, Ph.D., Maureen S. MacGillivray, Ph.D. and Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D. An informal, one-hour seminar, it will offer the basics of textile testing with time for participants to ask questions of textile experts. The seminar is free.
A Testing Area on the show floor with demonstrations, access to resources and experts is offered in collaboration with NCSU’s College of Textiles/TPACC. This is also open to everyone on the show floor.
A testing track during the Advanced Textiles Conference is also offered Oct. 6–7. Wayne Rendely and representatives from ASTM, CTT Group, Hohenstein Institute, Nanoscience Instruments and Exponent will present.