Sustainable medical textiles

March 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

IT’S A SOBERING statement: “The U.S. health care system is responsible for an estimated 10% of national greenhouse gas emissions, which cause extreme weather events and contribute to worse health outcomes.” That’s the start of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee repo…
Silkworm-inspired nanofiber production

March 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Inspired by the silkworm, scientists at China’s Sichuan University have developed a faster and simpler method of producing nanofibers. According to the researchers, existing nanofiber production methods are either complicated, slow or produce substandard fibers. But the silkworm produces a high-qu…
Makers’ mark

March 1, 2023  |  Markets

Whether it be automation, dealing with workforce issues or managing supply chain difficulties, fabricators large and small continue to face a number of challenges.
Out of this world inflatables

March 1, 2023  |  Inflatables, Markets

When you hear the phrase “inflatable structure,” the first image that comes to mind is likely to be a brightly colored bounce house or maybe the temporary buildings that were used for COVID testing or administering vaccinations during the pandemic.
Mar Ricketts and Guildworks soar to new heights

March 1, 2023  |  Features, Perspective

Growing up in Maryland, Mar Ricketts liked flying kites and architecture, two interests that continue to influence him today.
Navigating military textile development

March 1, 2023  |  Features

Bestwork Industries for the Blind Inc. is a Cherry Hill, N.J., not-for-profit employment program that provides jobs for people who are blind or visually impaired, assisting them in achieving financial independence. Although Bestwork produces commercial sewn materials and non-military apparel, its bi…
Imaginative shade structures

March 1, 2023  |  Features

Shading in public places has always served a function, but until recently, its look was an afterthought. Now, fabricators are getting more creative than ever with shade structures, covering everything from resort pools to outdoor music venues. Check out these innovative shade structures that excel a…
ETFE enhances Oregon stadium acoustics, fan experience

March 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Envisioned as the “finest track and field facility in the world,” the reimagined Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore., is designed to give University of Oregon’s (UO) student athletes, and athletes from around the world, an unparalleled stage on which to push the limits of what is possible.
Plant-based additives for PPE

March 1, 2023  |  Swatches

AIMPLAS, the Spanish Plastics Technology Centre based in Valencia, is participating in the Dotmask Project led by specialty chemical manufacturer Lamberti, which is working to develop new antimicrobial coatings and plastics obtained from plant extracts using nanotechnology for personal protective eq…
Unifi, Hologenix team for infrared textile additive

March 1, 2023  |  Swatches

North Carolina-based recycled-fiber company Unifi, manufacturer of REPREVE®, is partnering with California-based Hologenix, creator of Celliant®, on a new product that offers a sustainable solution for apparel, upholstery and more.