Natural fibers, unconventional uses

October 8, 2018

Bio-based technologies show promise in addressing textile sustainability concerns. Using innovation to address environmental and performance nonwoven issues, Performance BioFilaments Inc has developed a nanofibrillated cellulose that can be used in nonwovens. Photo: Performance BioFilaments Inc. The introduction of new regulations and standards can create a ripple effect that extends

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Protecting the protectors

September 24, 2018

The DHS addresses crucial needs with its First Responder PPE Program. S&T performs tests on the enhanced PPE technologies that simulate how responders use it in their daily duties. Photo: Department of Homeland Security. First responders—from firefighters to law enforcement to emergency medical services technicians—need to be ready daily to handle

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HEROES and collaborators

September 24, 2018

Behind every effective PPE are materials designed for specific and critical purposes. Quoc Truong, retired NSRD physical scientist, discusses a process to create super-omniphobic surfaces using a roll-to-roll machine with UMass Lowell post-doctorial researcher, Artee Panwar, at the university’s Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center. Photo: Cheryl Gomes, UMass Lowell.

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Understanding the protective textiles market

September 10, 2018

Participants can benefit from strong growth predictions when armed with solid information. The Army’s new Soldier Protection System includes a new vest and an Army combat shirt with built-in protection pieces. Photo: Alan Lessig / Staff The protective textiles sector is expected to grow at an annual rate of 4

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What textiles could become

August 20, 2018

Three industry leaders talk about innovation in the textile industry and how early adopters impact the development of new technologies and products. A team of Japanese researchers have developed an Ultrathin deformable “skin” that withstands repeated stretching and can display the wearer’s heartbeat and other vital statistics in real time.

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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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