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Meltblown PLA nonwoven materials push the innovation index forward
Nonwovens Industry
The diverse world of nonwoven product manufacturing has become even more varied, with a new focus on using sustainable biopolymers such as polylactic acid to address specific market demands at an affordable price. Concurrently, processes such as spunbond manufacturing used by global leaders such as Fitesa, Ahlstrom and Fiberweb/PGI have enabled scalable commercialization of specific nonwoven materials for the global marketplace. Spunbond’s near cousin, meltblown manufacturing, is proving itself to be a viable process in the nonwoven ecosystem, delivering cost-effective solutions that address niche opportunities in roll goods, healthcare, industrial and consumer applications.
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Lenzing presents botanic shoe concept with Tencel fiber at Techtextil 2015
Innovation in Textiles
Lenzing, a leading manufacturer of man-made cellulosic fibers, has presented a new concept using Tencel, the Lyocell fiber, as component parts for shoes. “It all started with shoe laces,” said Marina Crnoja-Cosic, Lenzing Segment Manager of Technical Textiles. “Now the goal is to launch a shoe on the market in which all of the component parts are made with Tencel.” As a result of Lenzing’s initiative and strong interest on behalf of manufacturers, more and more shoe components were developed, many of which are already in use in commercial products. Available as a fiber or in powder form, Tencel can be used in inner and outer shoes, as an outer fabric, and in shoe laces and sewing thread.
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Federal grants aim to boost advanced manufacturing
Obama administration officials announced the recipients of funding from a second round of competition for advanced manufacturing grants. The National Institute of Standards and Technology — part of the Commerce Department — approved 16 advanced manufacturing projects for $7.8 million. The grants will range from $413,000 to $500,000 and support more than 40 organizations in developing research plans for "high-priority technology challenges" over a two-year period. Thirteen of the awards will launch new research consortia.
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NPD: Low consumer awareness of smart fabrics
Less than half of consumers in the U.S. are aware of most smart fabrics, including those that have been available in the marketplace for several years. For some smart fabrics, including cooling and heat-modifying fabrics, interest is higher than awareness, says a report of American market research company NPD Group. "Smart fabrics are an important and innovative development for the fashion industry, but consumers don't know enough about them to fully embrace them," said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst, The NPD Group, Inc.
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Dow Microbial Control and Strategic Partners collaborate to bring next generation medical scrubs to market
Textile World
Dow Microbial Control, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co. and Strategic Partners Inc. — a designer, manufacturer and distributor of comfortable, functional and fashionable medical apparel and lab wear in the United States — are collaborating to develop the next generation of medical scrubs and lab coats. The new product offerings will feature SILVADUR™ Antimicrobial, a breakthrough Dow product that helps reduce, inhibit and minimize the buildup of bacteria on apparel, which can cause odors and affect garment life and fit.
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3-D-printed fabric and washable LED screens among the Innovation Awards Winners at Techtextil
Apparel News
New developments in technical textiles and machinery were highlighted and honored during the recent Techtextil and Texprocess shows in Frankfurt, Germany. Among the Techtextil Innovation Award winners with apparel-related developments was San Francisco–based wearable technology startup Switch Embassy introducing a washable LED screen, which can be used for apparel, accessories and home décor.
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Spiders ingest nanotubes, then weave silk reinforced with carbon
MIT Technology Review
Spider silk is one of the more extraordinary materials known to science. The protein fiber, spun by spiders to make webs, is stronger than almost anything that humans can make. The dragline silk spiders use to make a web’s outer rim and spokes matches high-grade alloy steel for tensile strength, but is about a sixth as dense. It is also highly ductile, sometimes capable of stretching to five times its length. This combination of strength and ductility makes spider silk extremely tough, matching the toughness of state-of-the-art carbon fibers such as Kevlar.
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