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Shade sails find a place in the sun

August 1, 2021  |  Features

For something that’s been around for thousands of years—as far back as the Roman Colosseum, if not longer—shade sails in North America have a reputation as “the new kid on the block.” While using tensioned sails to provide shade for both commercial and residential structures has been a fu…
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Advanced textiles rocketing into the future

August 1, 2021  |  Features

The space industry was estimated by U.K.-based investment firm Seraphim Capital to be worth a record $385 billion globally in 2020. In addition to national and international space agencies, public-private and fully commercial interests are attracting record levels of funding because of the market’…
Making connections and finding solutions

August 1, 2021  |  Editorial

How do you build a digital workflow? What skills do you look for when hiring an employee with no experience? How are you handling vaccination policies for both current and new employees? And finally, where do you turn to find answers to questions like these? Industry professionals often cite “netw…
IFAI Expo 2021 Exhibitor Product Preview

August 1, 2021  |  Exhibitor Product Preview, Features

Celebrate textile innovation at the 100th in-person IFAI Expo, where hundreds of exhibitors will bring you the latest products and information from the entire supply chain, from fibers and fabrics to shade systems, state-of-the-art equipment and the latest in textile technologies.
‘Fabricating Networks’ amplifies the invisible

August 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Architect Felecia Davis used active textiles and advanced knitting technologies to create “Fabricating Networks,” on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) this past spring as one of 11 projects featured in “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America.” The exhibition…
Scaling your business

August 1, 2021  |  Business

Consider this scenario: You are experiencing exponential growth, revenues are up, work is pouring in the door and you decide to hire more people. You and your team work longer hours, but it is still not enough. Deadlines are missed, quality decreases, customers are upset, your employees are stressed…
AR Tech supports U.S. Space Force launch

August 1, 2021  |  Swatches

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket launched in April from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, with AR Tech supporting the mission with its multilayer and single-layer insulation blankets.
Marine patterning tech, from beginning to end

August 1, 2021  |  Marine, Markets

For nearly 40 years, Marine Tops Unlimited Inc. has provided custom fabrication for Wisconsin boats. Kyle Van Damme, who runs the company’s operation in Omro, west of Oshkosh, has for most of those years done fabrication the old-fashioned way: designing and measuring by hand, not by computer.
Backpack brand is ‘plastic negative’

August 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Travel bag and backpack brand Solgaard has announced that the company has achieved its “plastic negative” sustainability goal through the use of recycled materials and upcycled ocean-bound plastic in all of its products, in addition to an offset of a minimum of five pounds of ocean-bound plastic…
Industrial inflatable improves worker safety

August 1, 2021  |  Inflatables, Markets

When CS Energy, an Australian energy company based in Queensland, needed to create a safer work environment at a power station, it turned to Giant Inflatables Industrial of Melbourne to design and fabricate an inflatable solution.