JRC-Reflex introduces dual-tone reflective material

May 14, 2019

Light-reflective specialist JRC-REFLEX is presenting two new product ranges at the Performance Days trade show in Munich, Germany, May 8 and 9. JRC-REFLEX has developed an innovative process that gives its products novel two-tonal variations. These new ranges expand on the palette of pastel colors the company launched in 2018.  White Metal and Black Metal …

Speedo + HeiQ = Fastskin

May 6, 2019

Modifying the surface of fabric at the microscopic level is at the heart of Fastskin, an innovation for a swimwear line by HeiQ and Speedo. Competitive swimmers always want to break their own records, according to a news release from HeiQ. Reducing drag as their bodies go through water is one way to accomplish additional …

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 …

Stella McCartney + adidas + Carbon = 4D shoes

April 11, 2019

German footwear manufacturer adidas andSilicon Valley–based Carbon are furthering their partnership and line of shoes that use Futurecraft 4D technology. Now the companies are also collaborating with British fashion designer Stella McCartney to work on the AlphaEdge 4D silhouette, a  3D Printing Industry article says. Like other shoes in the line, the AlphaEdge 4D features a 3D printed midsole, tailored …

Researchers create self-healing electronic “skin”

April 8, 2019

A team of researchers has created an electronic skin that includes functionality similar to underwater invertebrates such as jellyfish. The team from National University of Singapore Materials Science and Engineering was led by Assistant Professor Benjamin Tee and had collaboration from Tsinghua University, China, and the University of California Riverside. The touch-sensitive, stretchable, transparent material …

Plastatech’s announces prefabricated accessories for geomembranes

April 4, 2019

Plastatech Engineering recently announced its new line of prefabricated accessories featuring a straight pipe boot, angled pipe boot, inside corner, outside corner, and customizable options for a variety of geomembrane projects. The accessories are available in polyvinyl chloride (PVC), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), reinforced polyethylene (RPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), reinforced polypropylene (RPP), and thermoplastic olefin …

HyWEAR hybrid data collector introduced

April 2, 2019

FEIG ELECTRONICS has introduced HyWEAR compact, a new hybrid barcode and radio-frequency identification (RFID) wearable, a recent release says. The device is attached to a fingerless glove and rests on the back of the hand of a stock person, parcel deliverer or baggage handler. The current process of picking up a device, scanning and resetting …

Trek’s bike helmet features WaveCel technology

March 25, 2019

American bicycle manufacturer Trek has launched a new helmet design that replaces EPS foam with Wavecel technology. The honeycomb-style layers of cells are designed to mimic the brain’s own protective fluid that can absorb rotational energy to better protect the wearer. Trek and Bontrager Co. have partnered with WaveCel to create the helmet technology, said to disrupt years of accepted …