Teijin Aramid introduces new armoring material

November 20, 2017

Teijin’s new Endumax Shield XF33 is an ultra-high-molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) designed to increase performance-to-weight ratio for body armor and weight-sensitive vehicles and vessels armoring. The new product can be used for hard body armor plates and helmets and rigid panels for vehicles and sea vessels. Teijin Aramid reports that because of the structural nature of …

  3D device for nanofiber production developed at MIT

November 17, 2017

Nanofiber production may become cheaper due to a new development. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have effectively utilized a less expensive commercially available 3D printer to develop a microfluidic nozzle to produce nanofibers. The 3-D printed device enables the production of uniform nanofibers that can be configured into a variety of meshes. …

Smart fabric design uses magnetics

November 8, 2017

New technology may put the ability to unlock your home or office with your clothes. Scientists at the University of Washington have found a way to create a smart fabric using conductive thread, without using additional electronics. According to information from the University, it’s the first smart fabric design that harnesses the ferromagnetic properties of conductive …

Teijin develops cooling vest for firefighter safety

November 2, 2017

Teijin Ltd. has announced its development of a cooling vest that includes the use of small electric fans to help protect firefighters from heat stroke. The company reports the cooling vest reduces body temperature and heart rate through sweat absorption, quick drying and moisture permeability. The electric fans pull in outside air for up to …

Polartec unveils new workwear

October 27, 2017

Polartec recently unveiled its new fabric collections specifically engineered for contractors, electricians, and oil and gas professionals. The company reports it has worked for years with the U.S. military and workwear markets to develop the new product lines. Each collection was designed to address daily on-site work performance needs without inhibiting everyday comfort or style. …

Wi-Care innovation: my-DBuddy dementia jacket

October 19, 2017

Can you design a jacket for people with dementia?” That question from Helga Rohra, a renowned activist promoting a better life for people living with dementia, inspired an innovation by Wilma Verhoeks, owner of Wi-Care, a Dutch company specializing in fashion for people with special needs. Verhoeks designed “my-DBuddy,” a jacket that addresses multiple needs …

Teijin Aramid Introduces flame-resistant Teijinconex

October 18, 2017

Teijin Aramid has introduced a new flame-resistant fabric for workwear. According to the company, Teijinconex® single-layer fabric combines personal protection with performance sports textiles. The fabric is reported to quickly absorb perspiration without losing its flame resistance. Designed for comfort and breathability, the fabric feels like cotton and allows sweat to move from the body to …

Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard now available

October 17, 2017

The Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google is now available. The jacket has been designed with urban cyclists in mind. Jacquard Threads woven into the sleeve create an interactive surface that responds to the wearer’s gestures. When paired with a smart phone, a brush or tap on the sleeve can let users interact …

Innovative new products shown at IFAI Expo 2017

October 9, 2017

The Advanced Textiles section of the IFAI Expo show floor was the central gathering point for industry participants engaging in lively discussions with their colleagues, listening to presentations by textiles experts and getting a first-hand look at some of the newest products and technologies available on the market. Advanced Textiles Source will run stories throughout the …

Hexcel launches new carbon fiber fabrics project

October 6, 2017

Hexcel will launch MAXIM, a new government-backed 7.4 million pound research and development project, and expand its manufacturing facility in Leicester. The Multi Axial Infused Materials (MAXIM) project will explore the manufacture of new, cost-effective carbon fiber fabric forms and resins that can be made into parts without the need for autoclaves. Hexcel is installing …