Fabric with MXene can block electromagnetic waves

January 25, 2021  |  What's New?

Researchers at Drexel University have created “Faraday fabrics” that can block almost all electromagnetic waves. The development could help protect wearables from interference and people from potentially dangerous radiation. According to information from Drexel University, the key ingredient is …
Westex and Polartec debut the Polartec FR Collection

January 22, 2021  |  What's New?

Two Milliken & Company textile businesses—Westex®, maker of dual-hazard protective textiles, and Polartec®, provider of sustainable textile solutions—announce a new collection of flame-resistant (FR), arc-rated (AR) knit fabric. The Polartec FR Collection introduces three unique Polarte…
Multivitamin textile treatment meets Oeko-tex® standard

January 11, 2021  |  What's New?

Devan Chemicals’ latest technology, R-Vital Multivitamin, has met the requirements of Standard 100 by Oeko-tex® (Class II). The company, based in Belgium, says the technology is part of Devan’s R-Vital® range of micro-encapsulated active ingredients.  R-Vital is a fabric treatment that en…
Technology for sterilizing masks is launched

December 21, 2020  |  What's New?

Swiss corporation Osmotex announces that it has developed the Osmotex Steriliser Technology that can make textiles virus and bacteria free. With the market for sterilizing facemasks and personal items increasing, due to the pandemic, the company considers its solution a breakthrough. “With the Cov…
Puffer jacket is solar charged for visibility

December 21, 2020  |  What's New?

High-tech apparel brand Vollebak has released a its Solar Charged Puffer, a warm jacket for extreme environments that builds on its original solar charged jacket, launched in 2017.  Pure white during the day, the jacket will start glowing in the dark when it is exposed to light. In fact, one ca…
Nanomesh sensor developed for human fingers

December 7, 2020  |  What's New?

Japanese scientists have created a pressure-sensitive “e-skin” that can be used on human fingers. The ultra-thin “nanomesh sensor” was built by a team at the University of Tokyo, led by Sunghoon Lee.  According to information provided by the University, it’s made up of four la…
UV-activated polymer for smart fabrics developed

December 7, 2020  |  What's New?

E-textiles have progressed to e-fibers. The next means of incorporating functional elements may be in process, give the research into a new polymer that’s activated by UV light. As reported on newatlas.com, a team at MIT started by developing a photosensitive thiol-epoxy/thiol-ene polymer. When th…
Partnerships in smart textile products

November 23, 2020  |  What's New?

The second week of IFAI Virtual Expo 2020 advanced textiles educational sessions began with a presentation that illustrated the importance of collaboration. “Smart textiles for healthcare and wellbeing: a collaborative approach” had three presenters speaking from different perspectives, but with…
The challenge and possibilities in e-textiles

November 23, 2020  |  What's New?

As part of the advanced textiles education at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020, Dr. Amanda Mills, Wilson College of Textiles, NC State University, discussed e-textiles in her presentation, “Textile Electronics: Product Design.” Putting all the elements together for an e-textile product is “a balancing a…
A cheaper, easier way to 3D print textiles

November 9, 2020  |  What's New?

3D fabric structures have been around for thousands of years, but the process of turning fiber into fabric hasn’t changed very much. A research team based at MIT and headed by Jack Forman recognized a need for a fast and accessible approach to manufacturing textiles into 3D forms.  A report p…