Over View: a 3D fabric ceiling

February 1, 2020

Walk into the central lobby of MuseumLab, an experiential learning center for older children created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and look up. While you may think you’re looking at a historic leaded glass ceiling, you’re actually viewing a textile reproduction of the original 19th century ceiling that was removed years ago.   The …

Retractables: part of the shade package

There has been growth in the U.S. market for retractable awnings, but today they’re part of a wide range of shade products designed to offer comfort, color, convenience, style and protection from insects as well as weather. by Laurie Junker The awning industry had been anticipating a boom in retractables for a long time. Scouring …

A jacket based on deep-sea evolution

What can we learn from squids about developing advanced textiles? Quite a lot. The squid’s skin features a complex network of nerves that acts like an electric field, enabling the sea creature to change color and appearance in fractions of a second. A squid can camouflage itself to match its surroundings in one moment, and …

Non-rusting grommets

ClipsShop® Self-Piercing Grommet Sets include grommets and washers made from non-rusting solid brass to withstand rain and the elements. The heavy-duty solid brass rust-proof grommets and washers come in a variety of sizes and finishes for use in privacy screens, wind screens, sunscreens and related outdoor products. Available in 500-set packages, the grommet sets can …

Artfully inspired performance fabric

Fabrics in the Artscape collection—including Brushstroke, Vogue, Enzo and Sedona—are the first digitally printed cotton and cotton/linen offerings in the Breathe by Milliken™ performance fabric line. The collection offers a modern approach, introducing both abstract and watermark characteristics. It also stands out as a natural option that allows for easy cleaning through its plant-based water …

Matte finish awning material in user-friendly width

With a new matte look and a user-friendly width, Sattler 745 Evolution awning material is a flame-retardant PVC coated textile that offers dimensional stability and is extremely durable. The fabric is weldable and accepts graphic treatments. At 63 inches wide, the awning material is available in 30-yard rolls and in 20 matte finished colors. Keyston …

Byond Disaster Relief New Zealand and OFPANZ work together when disaster hits

by Laurie Junker Hardly a month goes by without news of a catastrophic weather event somewhere in the world. Whether it’s a hurricane, tsunami, flood or wildfire, the scenes have become distressingly familiar—homes and businesses destroyed, vegetation laid bare and hundreds if not thousands of displaced people seeking the basic necessities of fresh water, food …

A foldable bike helmet for safer cycling

It’s foldable, it’s lightweight and it can take multiple impacts. That’s the beauty of a bike helmet made with a specially designed flexible material. The Hedkayse One was developed by Tony Walker and Andy Creak, two university friends who started their U.K. company Hedkayse to build a better bike helmet—one that could take a beating …

Value-packed printer/cutter

The streamlined 30-inch VersaUV® LEC2-300 UV printer/cutter includes the popular features of the original LEC-300, plus improvements for increased versatility, more vibrant color and greater image detail. The unit takes advantage of the company’s ECO-UV inks, which adhere to the surface of a wide range of media, including PET or PVC-based substrates, canvas, tarpaulin, textiles, …

IFAI Expo 1935: what happened at the show, and around the industry

Judging from the crowds which it attracted, we are safe in saying that one of the newest and most practical awning accessory exhibited was the Coolawn Ventilator. This device is applicable to nearly every type of residential awning, as well as many types of store awnings. In construction and application it is extremely simple, being …