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 …

NCTO files public comments regarding NAFTA

June 29, 2017

Recently, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) filed public comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative outlining the U.S. textile industry’s priorities in the forthcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NCTO Chairman William V. McCrary Jr. said that the U.S. textile industry welcomes the U.S. president’s decision to …

Interactive Bodyscape lights up movement

June 26, 2017

An interactive, 3D printed high-fashion garment was inspired by the behavior of the human body, says its creator, Behnaz Farahi, Los Angeles–based designer and technologist. As the wearer moves, “Bodyscape” lights up with LED lighting controlled by a gyroscope tracking her shoulder movements. Not only a technologically advanced fashion item, it raises fashion to the …

adidas FORGEFIBER offers personalized stitching

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. …

Indian company debuts cotton for nonwovens

South India-based Jayalakshmi Enterprises has developed mechanically processed cotton varieties suitable for use in absorbent technical textile products. Globally, the nonwovens sector is looking for new fibers that are sustainable. To fulfill this need, Jayalakshmi has released two different types of processed cotton that can be used in nonwoven manufacturing processes, such as needlepunching and …

The future of Philadelphia and smart fabrics

Philadelphia, Pa., now has the economic incentives, research capability and talent to regain its status as a textiles giant, advocates said at the first Greater Philadelphia Smart Fabrics Conference at Drexel University. To serve industry collaboration, Drexel is taking the lead in establishing the Fabric Discovery Center to be based in the Schuylkill Yards innovation zone adjacent …

Today’s nonwoven sector: an overview

Versatility in fiber content can lead to expanding applications. Nonwoven fabrics have become a mainstay in the textiles sector. Compared to commodity textiles, nonwovens, industrial textiles, smart and wearable textiles are relatively new entrants into the industry. But the nonwovens sector is an organized one and has been established for five decades. This sector has …

Woven textiles for room acoustics

June 23, 2017

Snowsound-Fiber launched a new line of woven textiles intended to optimize room acoustics. The fabrics can be used for window shades, curtains, partitions, draperies, upholstery, canopies and other applications. The Snowsound-Fiber acoustic fabrics will initially be available in 41 texture/color combinations. The textiles come in six different patented microscopic weave geometries, each offering a distinct …

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 …

Tintex and BRÜCKNER team up to coat knit fabrics

June 21, 2017

A collaboration of coating expertise from Tintex and machining expertise from BRÜCKNER promises to offer temperature uniformity in the treatment of synthetic fiber blends of knitted fabric and gives Tintex’s R & D department a means to develop new fabrics using the new machinery. At the heart of the collaboration is a stenter with the …