December 2014 Issue

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  • This stage set by Sew What? Inc. for musical group the Decemberists combined multi-directional lighting with artfully draped aluminum construction mesh and natural muslin to create a stunning look reminiscent of an oil painting. Photo: Sew What? Inc.

    Beautiful options

    New materials and technologies—and borrowing from other industries— drive variety and performance in the entertainment fabrics market.

  • Highlights and high points

    From the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo 2014.

  • High tech and tested

    IFAI Advanced Textiles Conference focuses on innovations in medical textiles, safety fabric markets, and smart materials for the future.

  • Making it work

    Easy money, advanced fabrics developments, marine style, equipment training and more.

  • Making ideas happen

    IFF Innovation Award recognizes four top entries.

  • Birdair’s recent retrofitting at the University of Wisconsin replaced an older fabric roof with a Tensotherm™ system of flexible composites, consisting of two layers of PTFE glass fabric with a core of translucent aerogel. Photo: Birdair Inc.

    The art (and science) of being flexible

    Some of the most innovative new materials for architectural applications are found in flexible composites: 1+1=3

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  • Screening fabric

    Lighter and finer than the original Textilene 95 fabric but maintains the same technical properties.

  • Digital cutting systems

    Cut anything from flex prints and membrane keyboards, to lamp shades and synthetic fibers.

  • Industrial curtain fabrics

    Duravider and Duravider RS ripstop-reinforced heavy-duty fabrics offer increased durability without added weight.

  • Dye-­sublimation printing

    A one-­step process with true on-board sublimation, achieving 24-hour-per-day production demands with high speeds, high-quality color and industrial reliability.

  • High-performance vinyls

    Recommended for health care, contract and hospitality upholstery applications that require superior strength and durability.

  • Decorative shade patterns

    The Sunbrella Decorative Shade Collection consists of three distinct lines.

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