New fastener idea takes inspiration from mushrooms

February 22nd, 2021

A newly developed fastener has been attached to and removed from three types of fabric, without damaging any of them. Photo: Preeti Sharma.  Because hook-and-loop fastening materials such as Velcro® can damage the materials as the fastener is pulled apart, researchers got to work on an alternative inspired by mushrooms. The 3D-printed fastener that comes […]

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New biomedical tape uses origami techniques

February 22nd, 2021

https://youtu.be/7pmd4Z7hjQA Video: MIT.  Minimally invasive surgeries are generally performed via small incisions using miniature cameras. Surgical tools are threaded through the body to remove tumors and make repairs in the body. But it can be difficult to properly seal an internal wound or tear. Taking inspiration from origami, MIT engineers have designed a medical patch […]

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Nonwovens and the “new mobility”

February 22nd, 2021

Electric and hybrid vehicles will disrupt the automotive textile market. Photo: Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash The evolution of electric vehicles relies on innovative nonwoven textiles. by Debra Cobb Nonwovens are playing an increasingly important role in automotive components as the evolution of electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs) create an imperative for transportation textiles that are […]

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Drexel University launches new startup initiative

February 22nd, 2021

Drexel Applied Innovation at Drexel University has launched a program to encourage and support the formation of startup companies based on research at the university. The "Drexel Express Startup License" is a startup- and investor-friendly licensing agreement with pre-set terms. This new licensing tool will be used in cases where the startup is partnering with […]

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ShadowSense gives robots a sense of “touch”

February 22nd, 2021

https://youtu.be/Ipb6VxPqGqs Researchers give soft robots a human touch. Video: Cornell University Touch-sensitive electronic skin for robots is a project under development by a number of groups. Cornell University reports that scientists there are pursuing a simpler approach, however, using shadow-imaging cameras to let robots know when they're being touched. Known as ShadowSense, the experimental system incorporates a […]

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Precision Textiles upgrades chemical-free FR portfolio

February 18th, 2021

New Jersey-based, Precision Textiles, a supplier of coated fabrics, nonwovens and laminations is keeping ahead of a growing trend by states to tighten fire-retardant (FR) chemical regulations in consumer products. By constantly upgrading its portfolio of chemical-free FR solutions for quilted mattress panels and borders, FR filler cloth, FR sock, cap and laminated FR solutions, the […]

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Green Button: Hohenstein named an authorized certification body

February 17th, 2021

Textile testing provider Hohenstein has been authorized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to verify compliance for the Green Button, a German government certification for sustainable textiles. Now, in addition to certification for MADE IN GREEN by OEKOTEX®, a qualifier for the Green Button, Hohenstein certifies for the 46 Green Button […]

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brrr° automates with Texbase

February 16th, 2021

Bozeman, Mont.-based Texbase, Inc., a cloud-based data management and collaboration platform for the textile and consumer products industries, announces their continued collaboration with brrr°. brrr° is the creator of a fabric technology that is “Proven to Keep You Cooler.” The company’s patented yarns and specialized manufacturing techniques combine natural cooling minerals, active wicking and rapid […]

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Face mask designed to kill the coronavirus is launched

February 8th, 2021

Face masks have become a part of life since the pandemic began, because they're the most effective means to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Claros Technologies, St. Paul, Minn., a spinoff from the University of Minnesota, has developed a mask that it says is capable of killing the virus. Mike Miller, the president […]

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Touch surfaces for interiors shown in concept car

February 8th, 2021

Photo: Leonhard Kurz Auto manufacturers’ concept vehicles increasingly exhibit car cockpits with no mechanical switches or buttons. The solid, seamless and gently curved surfaces are, instead, equipped with functions activated by touch. Concealed under the surface are control elements that only become visible when required, but this elegant appearance belies a complex underlying technology.  German […]

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