Tackling wrinkling in advanced textile composites

August 6, 2018

New research shows breakthroughs in solving a persistent challenge in textile composite manufacturing. Image 1: The fabrication of textile composites with geometrical complexity, such as in doubly curved parts, are difficult to manufacture reliably. Photo: Composites Research Network at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The birth of the modern composites

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Tomorrow’s composites

July 23, 2018

The ability to incorporate new materials into composites could open up another world of possibilities. Nature-inspired composites developers are looking to the abalone shell for inspiration in creating a structure that has both hard and soft properties for high strength. In material science, strength alone is often found to have

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The world of composites

July 9, 2018

Fiber-based composite development sparks special interest. Kenaf is a common wild plant of tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia. It has been a source of textile fiber for decades and can be used in nonwoven composites. The plant may have a wider range of adaptation to climates and soils than

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Textile-based robots

June 25, 2018

Harvard researchers collaborate in developing soft, wearable robotics for hands. Harvard University researchers have developed a soft robotics glove that can help people with hand weakness improve mobility and strength. Photo:  Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Harvard Biodesign Lab. Soft, wearable robotics is an emerging field which looks at

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Rethinking robotics

June 11, 2018

Soft robotics and exoskeletons offer human-centric solutions. The ONYX-powered exoskeleton is designed to relieve the stress on the wearer’s knees using an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm to apply a power boost to the mechanical actuators. Photo: Lockheed Martin. On March 19, 2018, the New York Times ran a headline that said,

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The smart clothes future

May 21, 2018

LOOMIA’s technology launches in major menswear line this fall. The LOOMIA TILEtag collects information about the wearer and the garment, which the wearer can access and choose to share with the brand. Photo: LOOMIA. While wrist-worn mini-computers are now commonplace, a New York, N.Y.-based company is investing in a different

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Understanding implantable textiles

May 21, 2018

How textile-based biomaterials and medical devices support human body repair. This stent graft is a new compound design that merges stent technology with a traditional textile vascular graft for the treatment of an aneurysm. Photo: Dr. C. C. Chu. Textile-based biomaterials or biotextiles have the longest history in the field

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New directions in nonwovens

May 7, 2018

Commercializing innovations and sustainability issues highlighted at recent conference. The nonwovens sector has diversified from being a single-use product industry to an advanced fibrous materials industry. This shift has been underscored by the possible adoption of a new definition for nonwovens: engineered fibrous assembly, based on balloting at the International

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Addressing the issues in smart fabrics

May 7, 2018

IFAI’s Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington attracts a large audience of industry participants. Schoeller Textil and Osmotex have signed a production agreement for HYDRO_BOT, a new technology for moisture management in clothing. The product was showcased at the Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington, D.C. It will available in consumer garments

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce shares insights at Smart Fabric Summit

April 26, 2018

IFAI and the Dept. of Commerce sponsored the event April 24 in Washington, D.C. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross responded to IFAI’S Advanced Textile Products division chair Amit Kapoor’s questions at the Smart Fabrics Summit April 24. Photo: Kaveh Sardari. “I’m taking this up there with me,” U.S. Secretary

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