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 …

Biodegradable and recyclable prototype garments introduced

Stella McCartney has unveiled two prototypes for her adidas collection. In an attempt to address waste in the fashion industry, McCartney has teamed up with Evrnu, a textile innovations company, to create a recyclable hoodie and a biodegradable dress. The Infinite Hoodie is made using 60 per cent Nucycl fiber, a material created from the threads of old …

Learn from the experts at IFAI Expo’s AT Conference

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. …

Global standards for e-textiles

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 …

“Textile sandwich” makes washable energy storage device

Fiber-based textiles are the ideal starting point for wearable electronics because they are softer, more flexible, breathable and biocompatible than plastic- or elastomer-based alternatives, according to a report in www.materialstoday.com. Metals, conducting polymers and carbon-based materials have all been integrated with textiles to create the building blocks of electronic textiles, but these do not stand …

Tukatech introduces new pattern and grading software

July 26, 2019

Tukatech, based in Los Angeles, Calif., has introduced TUKA APM, an automated pattern-making and grading software as a module within TUKAcad. The company said in a recent news release that with TUKA APM, a person of any skill level can complete a graded pattern in seconds.  The system is designed to allow apparel vendors and …

Mount Vernon FR announces expansion

July 25, 2019

Mount Vernon FR has announced the expansion of its operations at its Trion, Ga., facility. The additional 4,500 square feet of productionspace will be home to new flame resistant treatment equipment that is predicted to increase the company’s production and finished fabric capacity by 20 percent, a recent news release says. The company’s FR fabrics are produced …

Hyosung develops performance elastane

July 24, 2019

Hyosung has developed a multifunctional fiber, creora® ActiFit elastane, engineered for endurance sportswear. A recent Knitting Industryarticle says the fiber is designed to provide longer lasting durability, higher levels of UV protection and chlorine resistance. It also claims better shape and recovery for use in cycling, swimming, triathlon and adventure racing apparel. The elastane is part …

Wearable tech exhibit features new spacesuit

July 23, 2019

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), is giving guests a look at Boeing’s pioneering new Starliner spacesuit, a recent release from MSI announced.  The Starliner spacesuit borrows from historic designs but uses advanced materials and new joint patterns to allow for lighter weight, enhanced flexibility and greater temperature control for astronauts. Components include a soft helmet …

Kelheim rebuilds viscose fiber production

July 22, 2019

After a fire in October 2018, the long-established Bavarian fiber manufacturer Kelheim Fibres is currently rebuilding its viscose fiber production. The focus lies on modern state-of-the-art equipment and on resource-saving and environmentally friendly production technology.  Kelheim’s viscose specialty fibers consist of 100 percent cellulose, a renewable raw material, making them completely biodegradable. These fibers offer …