New loom promises make-at-home textiles

November 8, 2017

“Doti” desktop loom may add scale to cottage industry weaving. The Dot-Matrix Fabric Printer, nicknamed “Doti,” is an open-source, desktop jacquard loom designed for textile production at home. Pamela Liou is developing Doti as a project resident at Eyebeam, a nonprofit studio for collaborative experiments with technology located in Brooklyn,

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Smart fabric design uses magnetics

November 8, 2017

New technology may put the ability to unlock your home or office with your clothes. Scientists at the University of Washington have found a way to create a smart fabric using conductive thread, without using additional electronics. According to information from the University, it’s the first smart fabric design that harnesses

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Polartec unveils new workwear

October 27, 2017

Polartec recently unveiled its new fabric collections specifically engineered for contractors, electricians, and oil and gas professionals. The company reports it has worked for years with the U.S. military and workwear markets to develop the new product lines. Each collection was designed to address daily on-site work performance needs without

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Challenges and opportunities

October 23, 2017

Smart fabrics products may require novel textile substrates. Industry participants had many opportunities to listen to presentations by smart textiles experts and have informal discussions in “Campfire Sessions” on the show floor at IFAI Expo. Photo: Mark Skalny Photography A key takeaway from the Smart Fabrics Program and E-Textiles Workshop

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DuPont and Unifi to create eco-friendly apparel insulation

October 23, 2017

DuPont and Unifi Inc. have announced a collaboration to create high-performance, renewably sourced, cold-weather garment insulation combining DuPont Sorona polymer and Unifi REPREVE®. DuPont Sorona is made from 37 percent renewable plant-based ingredients and is reported to use 30 percent less energy with 63 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,

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