Kappler offers an economical disposable biohazard suit

May 25, 2018

Protective apparel maker Kappler has developed an economical suit to protect healthcare responders against the Ebola virus and other biohazards. Technicaltextiles.net reports that the NFPA-certified suit, ProVent Plus, a use-and-dispose product, provides protection for emergency responders and healthcare workers faced with Ebola-infected body fluids and other biohazards. The product is distinctive for being economical and …

Textile finish to regulate body temperature launched

May 21, 2018

Textile finishing company Devan Chemicals has launched its patent-pending “Moov&Cool” technology. Called a “cool comfort technology,” the innovation has the potential to improve athletic performance for both amateurs and professionals by helping to regulate core body temperature. The product consists of a multi-functional polymer technology that absorbs heat during performance and improves the moisture management …

Silk used to stabilize skull bones in surgery

May 17, 2018

Researchers at a Shanghai laboratory have transformed silk into screws to stabilize skull bones during brain surgery, according to a report in www.technicaltextile.net. After extracting silk proteins from the cocoons of the Bombyx mori silkworm, the scientists converted them into fixing devices like screws and linking stripes. After animal trials, the devices’ properties, such as …

Nike offers customizable 3-D upper for shoes

May 15, 2018

Nike’s first 3D printed textile upper, FlyPrint, is promising greater breathability and less weight. The shoe upper is a TPU filament melted and applied in layers that can be customized for specific regions and individual athletes, according to a recent Engadget article. Compared to previous textiles, Nike has shaved off 0.38 ounces, a significant figure …

Accel Lifestyle launches Kickstarter campaign

May 14, 2018

After nearly two years of research and development, Accel Lifestyle has announced the launch of its athleisure brand with a Kickstarter campaign on May 1. Accel Lifestyle founder Megan Eddings says the fabric uses a protected science that is free of chemicals, and each garment comes with an inspirational quote; it as “an ethical fashion …

Teijin introduces Coolnex Stretch for FR garments

May 11, 2018

Teijin Aramid has announced the introduction of Teijinconex Coolnex Stretch, a single-layer, high-performance textile that aims to combine flame resistance with built-in stretch and recovery. The fabric is engineered with Solotex stretch technology, a patented fiber solution engineered by Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd. Originally developed for casual wear, Teijin’s textile engineers have now applied it to flame-retardant (FR) protective clothing. The company points out …

Clariant makes commitment to Chinese nylon market

May 10, 2018

Clariant’s new AddWorks solutions are aimed at improving performance and efficiency of plastics materials for compounders, polymer and fiber producers in China’s major plastics manufacturing segments. The company is slated to open a new facility later in 2018 in Zhenjiang, China, which will be dedicated to the manufacture of AddWorks solutions tailored for the Chinese …

A better designed, more durable t-shirt

May 7, 2018

It’s no secret that consumers love to wear t-shirts, but what if those t-shirts could last longer—much longer—without losing their soft feel, shape and good looks? That’s the question answered by Japanese brand ONFAdd with its new t-shirt. Using durable CORDURA® thread, the company says the fabric is woven with a special technique so the shirt will …

3D knit socks are also “shoes”

May 3, 2018

  Italian company Sandonini Srl has created new samples of its ShoeSocks 3D, a knitted shoe upper made in one piece. With mono-cylinder and dial cylinder rib machines, the company can produce new styles in less than 2.5 minutes, using polyester, wool, cotton, Grilon and elastomeric yarns. The technology allows the creation of any type …

Hybrid silkworms spinning larger cocoons

April 27, 2018

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. recently announced the first production of recombinant spider silk cocoons from the new line of hybrid transgenic silkworms created at its Michigan production and research facility. The new line was created by combining one of Kraig Biocraft’s best performing recombinant spider silk lines with a commercial strain, resulting in the largest …