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Patrick Yarns
Advanced Textiles Source
May 2015
Keeping it cool in space
Mark Lee's spacesuit allowed him to fly freely away from the space shuttle during a test of the SAFER backpack.
Photo: NASA.

Space technologies, sportswear benefits

by Marie O’Mahony

There is a strong synergy between the requirements of Space travel and sportswear design. This goes much deeper than individual developments and reflects, instead, an approach to innovation, particularly in materials. [More]

3D printed fabric developers launch campaign

New chef jacket repels liquids and stains

Australian startup Fabricor has created a hydrophobic chef jacket and apron, based on its patented nanotechnology, that makes the garments completely water repellent and stain-proof. [More]

Photo: Fabricor

Oxidized Polyacrylonitrile Fiber Properties, Products and Applications

Alan Handermann, Zoltek Corp.

Oxidized polyacrylonitrile (OPAN) fiber, such as Pyron® fiber, is designed for cost-effective, flame- and heat-resistant solutions in the textile, industrial, aircraft and automotive markets. Performance features include: Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) values between 45–55; unsurpassed flame and heat dimensional stability; easy processability into yarns, wovens, knits and nonwovens; soft, comfortable fabrics; electrically nonconductive and excellent chemical resistance; no halogens and very low toxic gas emissions upon flame exposure. [More]
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Synthetic fibers: A growth market in filtration

Edward C. Gregor

Synthetic fibers have played a significant role in the growth of a number of segments in the filtration industry. Over the last 20-plus years, the filtration and separation industry has grown at a steady rate of 2–6 percent per year above the GDP, regardless of the condition of the economy. Some market segments have had a historical rise of 10 percent and more. You only need to look at what Fortune 500 and private equity firms have been paying for filtration, separation and producers of coalescing filters in terms of EBITDA premiums over the last 15–20 years to understand the magnitude and future promise of the industry. [More]
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A view of spider silk under the microscope. Photo: MicrolabNW Photomicrograph Gallery.

Bolt Threads to develop bacteria-based threads

Emeryville, Calif.-based specialty fabrics startup Bolt Threads has received $32.3 million in funding to back its development of bacteria-based threads. The “spider-milk silk” is said to be stronger and softer to the touch than silk produced by spiders. [More]

BeBop Sensors wins major award

“Smart fabric” developer BeBop Sensors Inc., Berkeley, Calif., has won a 2015 Frost & Sullivan North American Technology Innovation Award for its fabric sensor technology. [More]

Finnish cellulose project enters second phase

Research is underway in Finland to develop new biomaterials and products. Textile applications, such as 3D printing of cellulose, and the application of cellulose-based materials in the built environment are being studied. [More]

Lighted shirt featured in Nike Women’s Run

Levi’s® and Google smart jeans partnership called “a natural fit”

The Levi’s® brand and Google are working together “decoupling the touch interface from the digital device” by integrating the technology’s functionality into a pair of jeans. [More]

Photo: Google
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