Urban zoo benefits from steel mesh roof

January 1st, 2010

A major urban center on a busy harbor may be a unique location for a zoo, but Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia, established Wildlife World to attract both animal lovers and architectural students alike. The urban zoo’s tensioned stainless steel mesh roof draws visitors’ attention, allows sunlight to sustain the created natural habitats and provides […]

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Nano-coated boots march into Paris

January 1st, 2010

Magnum Boots, a manufacturer of safety and tactical gear, got its newest boots wet at the Milipol Paris 2009 military conference in November. Magnum allowed potential customers to test its Elite Force 8.0 WPi boots in a water box to signal the company’s confidence in the waterproofing ability of ion-mask™ liquid repellent nano-coating. P2i Inc., […]

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Taiwan meets North Carolina in machinery acquisition

January 1st, 2010

Pai Lung Machinery Mill Company Ltd., Ruei Fang Town, Taiwan, manufactures circular knitting machines, and recently acquired Vanguard Supreme Machine Company, Monroe, N.C., another textile machine manufacturing business. The new joint partnership, Vanguard Pai Lung LLC, will offer a wider product range, next-generation technology and service for new and rebuilt circular and flat knitting equipment. […]

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Creating computational textiles

January 1st, 2010

It’s called a LilyPad Arduino, and designer Leah Buechley and a team of educators and scientists plan to show more than 400 students how to combine it with traditional fabric arts to create computational textiles—computers embedded into fabrics. Buechley, director of the “High-Low Tech Group” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, developed […]

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Multi-functional structures aid agricultural producers

January 1st, 2010

Cattle need fresh air, sunlight and protection from cold, damp conditions. ClearSpan Fabric Structures International, South Windsor, Conn., offers a range of custom-designed arched, fabric-covered shelters that can accommodate animal pens, stalls, nurseries or seclusion areas, designed from 25 to 200 feet wide and in any desired length. For smaller agricultural producers, ClearSpan partner FarmTek, […]

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Tensioned fabric sculpture on display in Sydney

January 1st, 2010

The Eora aborigines viewed the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 from the current location of the Sydney Customs House, Sydney, Australia, which has served as a gateway to people and goods entering the country since 1844. Now this historic building hosts events and exhibitions, including a five-story, translucent green tensioned-fabric sculpture dubbed the […]

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Tensioned canopies cover outdoor escalators

January 1st, 2010

[Fabritec Structures] Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. In 2008, California adopted an ordinance that mandates the covering of outdoor escalators to control water run-off during rainstorms. To that end, Fabritec designed tensioned canopies to cover four escalators in downtown Oakland, Calif. Fabritec’s design differed from the traditional barrel-type covers most often used for this type of application […]

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Artistically designed awning meets customer needs

January 1st, 2010

[Miami Awning Co.] Miami, Fla., U.S.A. Miami Awning took an exceptionally artistic approach to designing this 12-by-12-foot awning for an exclusive 26th-floor penthouse residence overlooking the bay and Atlantic Ocean. The awning covers a marble-topped bar area and is designed with flowing curves and accents that conform to the customer’s discriminating taste and love of […]

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Free-standing awning project provides shade

January 1st, 2010

[The Awning Factory] Orlando, Fla., U.S.A. The Awning Factory designed a grand, 80-by-16-foot projection awning to provide shade for a second floor outdoor dining area at the Mona Lisa Resort in Orlando, Fla. Because the client requested that the awning not have columns or supports, the awning needed to be free-standing and cantilevered from the […]

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Protective fabric toughens ski apparel

January 1st, 2010

Problem: Fabrics used in ski apparel don’t hold up to the fraying and tearing caused by ski edges and crampons. Solution: Originally developed for motorcycle racing, Schoeller-keprotec is a protective fabric for ski apparel that is abrasion proof, temperature and tear resistant, and comfortable as well. High-tensile aramid fibers such as Kevlar® ensure its extreme […]

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