Textile, heal thyself

January 1, 2017

Self-healing textiles could be a benefit to anyone who is regularly exposed to toxins, including farmers, factory workers and military personnel. Photos: Pennsylvania State University. What if you accidentally spill a chemical on your shirt, causing a hole, and miraculously, the shirt repairs itself when you throw it in the

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Blowin’ in the wind

January 1, 2017

The Micro Wind Turbine offers outdoor adventurers a way to recharge electronics day or night. Photo: Christian Holweck While on several long trekking tours, Nils Ferber ran into one problem: His electronic equipment kept running out of batteries. The Zurich, Switzerland-based designer realized that there was no easy way to

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Working with pattern angles

September 1, 2015

This article is a preview of our hands-on presentation at the Marine Fabricators Conference this coming Jan. 14-16 in Clearwater, Fla. I want to talk about manipulation of pattern angles for both better quality and less time spent patterning. I will attempt to simplify and not talk about one-step patterns

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Patterning a cushion for the perfect fit

January 1, 2013

At Kennedy Custom Upholstery, we make cushions in every size and shape and for every use. And they all start with a good pattern. Some customers want to just drop off their old cushions for the fabricator to use as the template for the new ones, but for the most

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