MIT develops pressure-sensing photonic fibers

June 11, 2018

Compression stockings and bandages are essential elements in the treatment of various medical conditions, and applying the optimal pressure to stimulate blood flow for a given condition is a key to successful treatment. Now a team of MIT engineers led by assistant professor Mathias Kolle has developed pressure-sensing photonic fibers

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New Brooks shoe built on biomechanics

June 1, 2018

Brooks Running Company has announced that the company’s first personalized running shoe, the Brooks Genesys, will be available in the U.S. in early 2019 and globally soon after the U.S. launch. The shoe is created based on an individual’s biomechanics captured by HP Inc. FitStation technology, which gathers data from

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Kappler offers an economical disposable biohazard suit

May 25, 2018

Protective apparel maker Kappler has developed an economical suit to protect healthcare responders against the Ebola virus and other biohazards. reports that the NFPA-certified suit, ProVent Plus, a use-and-dispose product, provides protection for emergency responders and healthcare workers faced with Ebola-infected body fluids and other biohazards. The product is

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Textile finish to regulate body temperature launched

May 21, 2018

Textile finishing company Devan Chemicals has launched its patent-pending “Moov&Cool” technology. Called a “cool comfort technology,” the innovation has the potential to improve athletic performance for both amateurs and professionals by helping to regulate core body temperature. The product consists of a multi-functional polymer technology that absorbs heat during performance

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Silk used to stabilize skull bones in surgery

May 17, 2018

Researchers at a Shanghai laboratory have transformed silk into screws to stabilize skull bones during brain surgery, according to a report in After extracting silk proteins from the cocoons of the Bombyx mori silkworm, the scientists converted them into fixing devices like screws and linking stripes. After animal trials,

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Nike offers customizable 3-D upper for shoes

May 15, 2018

Photo: Nike. Nike’s first 3D printed textile upper, FlyPrint, is promising greater breathability and less weight. The shoe upper is a TPU filament melted and applied in layers that can be customized for specific regions and individual athletes, according to a recent Engadget article. Compared to previous textiles, Nike has

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Accel Lifestyle launches Kickstarter campaign

May 14, 2018

After nearly two years of research and development, Accel Lifestyle has announced the launch of its athleisure brand with a Kickstarter campaign on May 1. Accel Lifestyle founder Megan Eddings says the fabric uses a protected science that is free of chemicals, and each garment comes with an inspirational quote;

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Teijin introduces Coolnex Stretch for FR garments

May 11, 2018

Teijin Aramid has announced the introduction of Teijinconex Coolnex Stretch, a single-layer, high-performance textile that aims to combine flame resistance with built-in stretch and recovery. The fabric is engineered with Solotex stretch technology, a patented fiber solution engineered by Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd. Originally developed for casual wear, Teijin’s textile engineers have now applied it to flame-retardant (FR) protective

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Clariant makes commitment to Chinese nylon market

May 10, 2018

Clariant’s new AddWorks solutions are aimed at improving performance and efficiency of plastics materials for compounders, polymer and fiber producers in China’s major plastics manufacturing segments. The company is slated to open a new facility later in 2018 in Zhenjiang, China, which will be dedicated to the manufacture of AddWorks

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A better designed, more durable t-shirt

May 7, 2018

Photo: ONEFAdd. It’s no secret that consumers love to wear t-shirts, but what if those t-shirts could last longer—much longer—without losing their soft feel, shape and good looks? That’s the question answered by Japanese brand ONFAdd with its new t-shirt. Using durable CORDURA® thread, the company says the fabric is woven with

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