Researchers 3D print electronic fibers onto textiles

April 22, 2019

To make comfortable, wearable electronics, a group of researchers in China has developed a 3D printer that deposits electronic flexible fibers onto transitional textiles or clothes. According to an article in Innovation In Textiles, researchers at Tsinghua University in Beijing printed patterns that can harvest and store electricity onto fabrics. With a 3D printer equipped …

3D printed casts could replace plaster casts

Two Latvian entrepreneurs are on a mission to change the way bones are protected and supported during the healing process. CastPrint, a startup founded by Sigvards Krongorns and Janis Olins, uses 3D printing to create lightweight, personalized casts made of plastic web. According to an article in Forbes, the web-like casts can be taken on …

Fabrics protect from chemical warfare agents

A new coating for textile fibers shows promise for efficiently capturing toxic industrial chemicals and chemical warfare agents under real-world conditions, including high humidity. The research could lead to improved masks and personal protective equipment for soldiers and others at risk of exposure. Researchers at North Carolina State University (NC State) and the U.S. Army’s …

Shape-shifting aircraft wings offer new concept

MIT and NASA researchers have developed a new shape-shifting approach to aircraft wing construction. An article in MIT News says the system is designed to automatically deform, in part or in total, in response to the roll and pitch of a plane. The flexibility of the new wing assembly system relies on hundreds of identical …

Nonwoven innovations to be featured at NETInc

by Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D NETInc, a nonwovens technical conference, was developed by engineers and technologists and has nonwovens professionals from around the world attending each year. This year the Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists (NET) division of TAPPI will be showcasing new developments in the field at the forthcoming NETInc 2019 conference to be held May …

Wearables with freedom

Movement and health monitoring enters the next generation. Editor’s note: Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) have had a series of breakthroughs in technologies that will improve health and wellness monitoring in smart garments. This article is a compilation of reports on this topic that were released by the university in recent …

IFAI announces call for board and leadership positions

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now seeking candidates for positions on its Board of Directors and Division Advisory Boards. The current 1st Vice Chairman Kathy Schaefer, IFM (Glawe Tent and Awning Co.) is Chairman-elect and will automatically assume the duties of the Chairman of the Board in October. …

New sneakers made from coffee

April 18, 2019

German shoe brand nat-2 has created a means to recycle coffee into sneakers. The 100 percent vegan, unisex sneaker uppers are made from sustainable recycled coffee, coffee beans and coffee plants. The coffee is applied to a layer and retains its natural coffee scent. The material covers up to 50 percent of the shoe’s surface, depending …

UniFirst on Barron’s Most Sustainable Companies list

April 17, 2019

UniFirst Corp. has been included on Barron’s second annual list of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the United States, a recent release announced. Barron’s partnered with Calvert Research and Management to analyze the 1,000 largest publicly held companies by market value with headquarters in the U.S. Each company was assessed against 300 performance indicators …

ITA webinar to explore export opportunities in Germany

April 16, 2019

The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) is organizing a webinar featuring business opportunities for technical textile companies in the German market. The German textile industry consists of 1,400 mostly SME companies with 135,000 employees and an annual turnover of $39 billion. The market offers great opportunities for high-tech and leading-edge products in …