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The Gen 2 outer garment for the 3 G Mark III suit has enhanced mobility and lightweight construction. Photo: Final Frontier Design

Radiation protective textiles for earth and beyond.


By Johanna Bloomfield

With close to $1.46 billion in investments since 2008, the commercial space industry is blasting ahead at speeds close to their supersonic vehicles. [More]

NCSU lab rethinks chemical/biological hazard protection testing and derives important new conclusions.


By Bryan Ormond, Ph.D.

When you ask first responders if they are more concerned about having enough protection against flash fire exposures, ballistic and physical hazards, heat stress, or chemical and biological threats, more times than not they are going to say they are most concerned about the chemical and biological threats. [More]

A market overview of smart textile wearable technologies


As 2014 has been declared the Year of Wearable Technology, this paper highlights smart textile development within the wearable tech industry. Strong growth is predicted in these markets: military and protective clothing, physiological monitoring for medical and sports applications, and lighted textiles. We hope this paper will be an informative and positive resource for the smart textile industry.  [More]
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Rethinking polyolefin fiber in specialty textiles


Polyolefins have taken a back seat to polyester and nylon in specialty fabrics. Polypropylene, as an example of polyolefin, has superior properties for use in specialty textiles. For companies seeking ways to separate themselves from the competition, the additive modified polyolefins achieve specific properties not readily achievable with other polymers. With a little creativity, fiber producers can tap a variety of applications previously unconsidered.  [More]
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What's New?

S+TP becomes Advanced Textile Products


As of April 1, 2014, the IFAI division Safety + Technical Products (S+TP) has been changed to the Advanced Textile Products (ATP) Division. The ATP Board unanimously voted to change the name and the feedback received from members was all positive. [More]

New diagnostic and treatment tool partnership

Shimmer will provide the core platform on which Emerge Diagnostics has developed a class II medical device that provides a new, cost-effective standard in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue Injuries. [More]

Environmentally friendly functional clothing

In a collaborative project, the Smart Textiles Initiative at the University of Borås and OrganoClick, producer of fiber-based materials, have developed a fluorocarbon-free, biodegradable and durable water-repellent treatment. [More]

Interactive “sky painting”

Janet Echelman’s recent installation, “Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks,” spanned 745 feet between buildings in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Constructed of 145 miles of braided fiber, it’s integrated lighting and interactive component allowed viewers to create their own patterns and designs on the sculpture using their smart phones. [More]

Photo: Ema Peter, Courtesy of Studio Echelman
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