Green is growing

December 8th, 2014

Each month Advanced Textiles Source features a topic of interest in the industry. It’s a useful way for us organize our publication and ensure that we continue to provide you with interesting unique content in our “Featured” section. This month the topic is sustainability. We always cover news relevant to sustainability issues in our “Eco […]

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This is a different kind of fight

November 24th, 2014

The military is used to deploying to dangerous locations around the globe, but these are generally combat missions with a foe whose ideology threatens our security. There is another foe with which U.S. troops will do battle; its name is “Ebola.” What’s needed in this fight against a clearly dangerous “foe” are bases from which […]

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Disrupt or be disrupted

November 11th, 2014

At IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Expo in October, Dr. Benham Pourdeyhimi from NCSU’s Nonwovens Institute concluded his presentation with this admonition: “Disrupt or be disrupted.” (See “Keynotes offer overviews” on this site.) Nonwovens markets are growing, but they are also undergoing significant change, with new engineered products making an impact in the nature of growth in […]

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Implantable drug delivery with extruded fibers

October 27th, 2014

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 […]

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What today’s medical textiles can do

October 14th, 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 […]

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Medical textiles save lives

October 10th, 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 […]

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Horizontal and vertical programming

September 8th, 2014

There’s a lot going on in this year’s Advanced Textiles Conference, running Oct. 13–14. A good cross-section of markets is well represented in the conferences symposiums, as well as in-depth sessions on specific materials and technologies. The conference, which opens one day prior to IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo, will be held […]

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Invisibility technologies: where are textiles?

August 11th, 2014

Technologies seem to get attention in waves, depending on when there is a breakthrough development or when there is little that’s new to report. The challenge with very new technologies is to predict with any accuracy how—much less when—they might be applied and what materials would be used to create a functioning product. Invisibility technologies […]

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Invisibility technologies: Just beginning to see the possibilities

August 11th, 2014

The topic of invisibility technology is a little irresistible. Who isn’t fascinated with the prospect of making things—or people—disappear? In fact, there have been real strides in “cloaking,” as it is called, although it does not involve a Harry Potter-esque fabric cloak. But that’s not the only type of invisibility being researched or developed. Scientists […]

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Cleanroom, one word

July 9th, 2014

The dictionary says clean room is two words, but those who deal with “cleanrooms” more often use one word. I’m going with the people closest to the topic, so one word it is. (English teachers like me, no matter how long it’s been since they were last in the classroom, tend to obsess about things […]

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