Textiles and 3D technology

Dec. 1, 2020  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

The advent of 3D printing (3DP) has drawn considerable interest from academia, industry and amateur hobbyists as a novel method of producing objects layer-by-layer (LbL) via a bottom-up manufacturing approach. This method of “additive” manufacturing (used interchangeably with the term 3DP) build…
Breakthroughs in advanced textiles: 3D printed mesh, antiviral jacket and more

Nov. 1, 2020  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

3D-printed flexible mesh Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed pliable 3D-printed mesh materials with the flexibility and toughness to be tuned to emulate and support softer tissues such as muscles and tendons. With the ability to tailor the intricate structures in eac…
The pandemic is driving more sustainable PPE

Nov. 1, 2020  |  Advanced Textiles

by Debra Cobb From community masks and health workers’ kits, to hospital gowns, drapes and wraps, disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) is playing a critical role in the battle against COVID-19 infections. But now there is a mountain of disposable PPE that’s creating a whole new set of …
Breakthroughs in advanced textiles: Smart objects that benefit play, on-skin smart interface, and more

Oct. 1, 2020  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Smart objects support the benefits of play London, U.K.-based smart textile designer Michelle Rinow has unveiled her Transforming Touch series, which was developed based on research about the benefits of sensory play for adults. Her design methodology places emphasis on human interaction, connection…
Breakthroughs in advanced textiles: Interactive auto textile and more

Sep. 1, 2020  |  Advanced Textiles

BMW unveils ByBorre-designed interactive textile interior Dutch custom textile manufacturer ByBorre developed the fabrics for BMW’s future interactive car interior presented at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nev. The concept car cabin module donned the BMW i Interactio…
New specifications and standards needed for PPE

Sep. 1, 2020  |  Advanced Textiles

by Seshadri Ramkumar On June 18, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California issued a statewide order that mandates face coverings in public places and areas where social distancing is not feasible. Although a brief description of face covers was provided in the mandate, performance specifics and standard requi…
Breakthroughs in advanced textiles: New bio yarn, less toxic water repellent, firefighting gear for women, and more

Aug. 1, 2020  |  Advanced Textiles

New bio yarn shows breakthrough possibilities Researchers working at the University of Bordeaux/INSERM have created yarns of human cells from sheets of cell-assembled extracellular matrix, or CAM. The findings, reported in www.materialstoday.com, are a significant achievement because the CAM can be …
New fabric materials support innovations

Aug. 1, 2020  |  Advanced Textiles

by Marie O’Mahony Health and safety are proving to be key drivers of innovative new fabric structures. These can prompt new designs in existing products and devices, or even whole new products. This is possible with imagination, expertise and an openness to look for solutions outside conventional …