March 2015 Issue

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Features

  • Photography by Betsy Hansen

    Good better best

    Charles Webster uses lean techniques to continuously improve production and efficiency.

  • Pavegen installed 200 tiles into a football pitch redeveloped by Shell in Morro da Mineira, an area of Rio de Janeiro, which has not benefitted from tourism and private enterprise development. Photo: Pavegen

    Energy for the future

    Flexible and durable power-generating textiles are poised to make a difference in meeting tomorrow’s energy requirements.

  • A redesigned 2015 Sea Ray 470 Sundancer now includes an automated retractable sunshade system by SureShade. Photo: Sea Ray

    Shade sales: Just add water

    The resurgence in boating and the concern over sun safety have been a boon for marine fabricators offering products that protect and beautify without spoiling the fun, or the view.

  • State of the Industry 2015: Part 2

    It was a year of respectable growth in the specialty fabrics industry and hope for an even better future, grounded in promising statistics.

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Markets

  • Solar shade and solar cells are shown on the right for the windows of the building. The umbrella is intended for the roof garden leisure area between the two condominium towers, with solar energy used to power lighting at night. Photo: Marie O’Mahony

    The value of collaboration

    Turning today’s students into tomorrow’s engaged and educated industry professionals.

  • A redesigned 2015 Sea Ray 470 Sundancer now includes an automated retractable sunshade system by SureShade. Photo: Sea Ray

    Shade sales: Just add water

    The resurgence in boating and the concern over sun safety have been a boon for marine fabricators offering products that protect and beautify without spoiling the fun, or the view.

  • Pavegen installed 200 tiles into a football pitch redeveloped by Shell in Morro da Mineira, an area of Rio de Janeiro, which has not benefitted from tourism and private enterprise development. Photo: Pavegen

    Energy for the future

    Flexible and durable power-generating textiles are poised to make a difference in meeting tomorrow’s energy requirements.

  • SHEERFILL® II Architectural Membrane with EverClean Photocatalytic Topcoat by Saint-Gobain forms the roof of one of the venues used in the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Bahia. Photo: Saint-Gobain

    Expansion in layers

    Flexible composites are finding practical application in a growing number of industries.

  • The original seats of a 1955 Chevy Bel Air were stripped back, and instead of a flat bench, both front and rear were transformed to feel more like two seats. Photo: Owain Jones, Hawkes Bay Trim and Canvas

    Automatic upholstery

    Giving cars a winning look.

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Products

  • Flexible flooring

    Provides a durable surface and dimensional stability and is designed for high traffic residential and commercial applications.

  • Fast, accurate printing

    Features advanced piezo technology print heads capable of print speeds up to 605 square feet per hour.

  • Outdoor embroidery thread

    Features UV color fastness, fade resistance and weather durability.

  • Color reflective

    Provides design flexibility by incorporating visibility and style in the same offering.

  • 3-D enhancement

    To feature a fully integrated 3-D solution for garment development and pattern making as an optional module.

  • Digital textile printers

    Water-based dye-sublimation printer designed to streamline workflow with a single substrate and no need to rebuild ink profiles and settings.

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Business

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Projects

  • Sefar Inc.’s Tenara® fabric has a 40 percent light transmission rate that provides translucency, while remaining inert and highly resistant to blemishing and degradation. Photos: FTL Design Engineering Studio

    Function meets beauty

    A more functional and beautiful way for commuters to experience New York's landscape.

  • Jeongmoon Choi works alone under UV lights while installing wool thread, referencing (but not following exactly) 3-D animations she generated on a computer. Photo: Alescha Birkenholz 
for PLATFORM

    Redefining space

    Munich's famous Maximilianstrasse has become an art space run by the city.

  • Lesia Trubat’s E-traces ballet shoes give dancers a whole new strategy for perfecting their art. Photos: Lucia González/Marta Guillén

    On pointe

    Science and self-evaluation come together with these prototype ballet shoes.

  • The Rescue TIP-Board® comes with a compact shoulder carrying bag and its own inflation tank. The safety raft won the prestigious Dutch Design Award in the “products” category. Photo: Spark Design

    To the rescue

    A solution that guarantees the Dutch fire service a raft that allows a safe water rescue up to 650 feet from shore.

  • PressOn’s 12 installers took 10 days to place thousands of square feet of dazzle-printed vinyl on the HMS President—while the ship continued to rise and fall with the tides. Photo: PressOn

    Ship wrap bedazzles U.K.

    Camouflage wrap marks 100-year commemoration of the "Great War."

  • The structure is designed for seasonal installation of a third layer of insulation that increases the energy efficiency of the dome during long Minnesota winters. Photo: City of Edina

    A seasonal solution

    One of the largest seasonal multi-sports domes in North America uses fabric chosen for its durability.

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