Concrete buildings from inflatables

January 1, 2023  |  Swatches

A New York-based start-up called Automatic Construction has developed a way to create quick construction using inflatable flexible formwork.
New year, new challenges and opportunities

January 1, 2023  |  Editorial

At IFAI Expo 2022, noted economist Dr. Elliot Eisenberg gave a good news/bad news picture of the economy.  “We’re not in a recession yet,” he said, “but we’re going to get there.”
The challenge of innovating

January 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Manufacturing to scale is arguably the most significant challenge facing the smart materials and wearable technology industries—and it’s not just desirable, but essential for growth and survival. Without full commercialization, the drive for new developments and research is in jeopardy. There is…
3D Knit BioSuit

January 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Space is referred to as a vacuum because there is a near-total lack of gas molecules. That means there’s also a complete lack of pressure, so the air inside an unprotected astronaut’s lungs would quickly rush out of the body, gasses in body fluids would expand and the skin would inflate like a b…
Keys to preventive maintenance

January 1, 2023  |  Business

Don’t you hate it when things don’t work in the warehouse? You jump on the forklift, ready to unload a 40-foot trailer, and the battery is dead. As you are cursing your misfortune, you grab the pallet jack and the hydraulic pump is shot. The thoughts of creeks and paddles are now dancing through…
Low-cost wearable electronics

January 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Fabric researchers at the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University have created a technique for embroidering power-generating yarns onto fabric. This process allows researchers to embed a self-powered, numerical touchpad and movement sensors into clothing to offer a low-cost, sc…
Nothing to hide

January 1, 2023  |  Markets

Empty shelves and rising prices are constant reminders of the many challenges and disruptions that continue to plague the complex supply chains that span the globe. But supply chain transparency is moving to the fore, with consumers and regulators paying ever more attention to where products are sou…
Sustainable bicycle helmet

January 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Bicycle helmets have been shown to decrease the risk of a serious or fatal head injury by 70%. But bicycle helmets are made of plastic and expanded polystyrene (EPS), both fossil fuel-based and bad for the environment.
Tern Point Shade Renovation

January 1, 2023  |  Final Project

Sometimes building a home to capitalize on the view of its surroundings may introduce some unintended problems. 
Fully recyclable automotive fabric

January 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Lear Corporation, a Southfield, Mich., company specializing in automotive seating and e-systems has introduced a fully recyclable sueded material for seating and door panel applications.