Starlinger unveils eight-shuttle circular loom

June 7th

Starlinger has introduced a new loom that operates with eight weaving shuttles and features a newly constructed reed. The FX 8.0 circular loom is used for the production of heavy-duty tape fabric. Designed for the production of tubular and flat fabrics with up to 260 grams per square meter, the loom can process polypropylene, HDPE...

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Jackets and packs repair themselves

June 6th

Lifestyle brand Imperial Motion, based in Tacoma, Wash., is offering a new line of jackets and backpacks made of self-healing fabric. The company’s Nano Cure Tech Fabric is a lightweight, waterproof nylon ripstop, combined with a double-sided coating, that has resealing and repairing capabilities. When activated by the heat of a person’s fingers, small holes and...

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Hyosung launches MIPAN Robic fine

May 19th

Hyosung has announced a new yarn that it says has 15 to 20 percent higher tenacity than regular nylon in the same deniers. The MIPAN Robic Fine yarn family ranges from 7–15 denier. Hyusong envisions the new yarns will be used for higher tensile strength and abrasion resistance in workwear, military uniforms and bags, backpacks,...

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Pitch a tent in a boat

May 18th

Photos: Raptor Boats. Raptor Boats Platform XL combines a boat and a tent, providing anglers with shelter from the elements. The boat is designed for a two-person tent, but the Platform XL features 15 D-rings to accommodate a range of tents or bivouac sacks. The platform is constructed of four inflatable air decks that form the...

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HeiQ Fresh NKU tackles VOCs

May 12th

HeiQ’s founding story involves hiking through the Swiss Alps, smelly tech-shirts and unhappy girlfriends. Since then, HeiQ has focused on odor control In textiles. The company’s latest product, HeiQ Fresh NKU, is meant to capture and transform volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The compnay says that the working principle of the technology behind HeiQ Fresh NKU...

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Portable bridge responds to emergencies

May 2nd

Photo:, Simon Ortmüller. Simeon Ortmüller’s portable bridge may provide crucial minutes to emergency responders who need to access areas cut off from transportation routes. Ortmüller is a young German industrial designer. The bridge, named ACCESS, is anchored to both sides of the moving water. Then the bridge rolls out across the water, led by...

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Stainproof footwear for artists

April 28th

Created by design brand FRST, the STAGEPOSTER pack is specifically tailored for artists to protect their feet from getting stained by paint and other materials. The team has introduced shoes with their own detachable covers. An impermeable nylon surface and waterproof lining make the cover splash-proof. The cover promises to protect artists not only from paint and sprays, but...

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Biosteel in adidas performance shoes introduced

April 20th

IMAGE: Biosteel adidas shoe The adidas Futurecraft Biofabric prototype shoe was unveiled as adidas and AMSilk announced a partnership that will explore the use of Biosteel fiber in performance products on a larger scale. adidas notes that this innovation as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability within the sports textile industry. The shoe features...

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NC State researchers develop touch-sensitive fabric

April 14th

Researchers at North Carolina (NC) State University have developed elastic, touch-sensitive fibers with the ability to interface with electronic devices. Michael Dickey, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State and the author of the study says, “We have created soft and stretchable fibers that can detect touch, as well as strain and...

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