Engineers create a programmable fiber

June 28th, 2021

Researchers at MIT have created the first fiber with digital capabilities, able to sense, store, analyze and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt. The digital fiber contains memory, temperature sensors and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity, according to a report from the MIT news service.  Yoel Fink, professor of […]

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IFAI Expo to celebrate 100 years

June 28th, 2021

For a century, IFAI Expo has been the industrial fabrics industry’s flagship show. More than 4,000 industry participants gather to learn, conduct business, share ideas and make the connections necessary to support their businesses.  The Advanced Textiles (AT) Conference is an integral part of the event. Following a welcome lunch and plenary session Nov. 1, the conference is underway […]

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Inkjet printing could be a new strategy for making e-textiles

June 28th, 2021

In a new study, North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers demonstrated they could print layers of electrically conductive ink on polyester fabric to make an e-textile that could be used in the design of future wearable devices.  Sources at the university report that since the printing method can be completed at room temperature and […]

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adidas, Allbirds collaboration produces low-carbon running shoe

June 28th, 2021

Photo: adidas.  Adidas and allbirds have collaborated on a shoe with a carbon footprint measured at 2.94kg CO2e. The companies say that the Futurecraft.Footprint was produced with 63 percent lower emissions when compared to a comparable shoe.  The project participants also adopted a lower-carbon development process as teams worked together digitally from initial development to product delivery, accomplished in less than 12 […]

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New “skin” could help prosthetics and robots sense injuries

June 28th, 2021

An artificial skin attached to a person’s knee develops a purple “bruise” when hit forcefully against a metal cabinet. Photo: Adapted from ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2021, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c04911.  When a person bumps an elbow against a wall, they not only feel pain but can also experience bruising. But robots and prosthetic limbs don’t have these […]

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Energy in the sustainable textiles’ equation

June 28th, 2021

Advanced textiles that support energy conservation fill a growing need.  by Seshadri Ramkumar While it upended normal activities, COVID-19 has provided opportunities to think about what is best for our future globally, in terms of health planning, climate change, energy infrastructure and inclusive economic growth. Textile materials are important components of the energy and sustainability […]

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IFAI launches online community CONNECT

June 18th, 2021

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has launched CONNECT by IFAI, an online community that will facilitate valuable networking among industry peers and support industry-wide conversations. “One of many things the last year has taught us is the importance of connection and networking. With this in mind, we’re excited to launch our newest IFAI member benefit, CONNECT […]

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Textiles’ role in a growing energy industry

June 14th, 2021

Vestas V100-2.8 MW compose a wind farm at South Plains, Texas. Photo: Vestas Wind Systems A/S. European collaborations lead the way in sustainable wind energy production. by Marie O’Mahony The Biden administration is wasting little time putting plans in place to achieve the goal of a carbon-free energy sector by 2035.  Offshore wind energy is an […]

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New funding supports a garment recycling push

June 14th, 2021

Resortecs® makes a sewing thread that dissoslves in high temperatures. Photo: Resortec.  Resortecs® announces that it has raised €960k for industrial disassembling ovens and dismantable rivet buttons, as part of its effort to increase clothing recycling by making it more cost-effective and efficient. The company currently produces a stitching thread that dissolves in high temperatures, […]

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Essentially hidden

June 14th, 2021

by Janet Preus Several years ago, IFAI Expo co-located with the composites show, JEC. The IFAI board chair took me around the JEC show floor, introduced me to some of the company representatives there and explained a bit more about why these two shows were a fit.  “All composites have textiles in them,” he said, […]

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