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Saving energy with smart facades
Nanowerk News
Glass-fronted office buildings are some of the biggest energy consumers, and regulating their temperature is a big job. Now a façade element, developed by Fraunhofer researchers and designers for glass fronts, is used to reduce energy consumption by harnessing solar thermal energy. The façade element is based on a concept by design student Bára Finnsdottir, and consists of a matrix of 72 individual fabric components shaped like flowers. Each textile module has shape-memory actuators integrated into it; thin 80-millimeter-long wires of nickel-titanium alloy that remember their original shape when exposed to heat.
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Cut-Tex PRO cut resistant fabric now available in range of colors
Innovation in Textiles
Cut-Tex PRO, an ultra-high performance cut resistant fabric, developed in 2012 by PPSS Group, the U.K. based manufacturer of bullet and stab resistant vests, is now available in five additional colors to suit the needs of textile and clothing manufacturers. The certified Cut-Tex PRO is available with immediate effect and can be ordered in optic white, olive green, navy blue and in a hi-vis look like yellow and orange.
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European Textile Technology Platform celebrates 10 years
Fibre2Fashion
Paolo Canonico, president of the Technology Platform said, "Few people would have predicted this incredible transformation of our sector back in 2004, the year when the Textile ETP was launched." "It was also the year when the last textile import quotas were phased out and we lost many companies and industry jobs in the following five-year period," he also said while giving the inaugural address. "However, the companies that have successfully navigated this phase are more competitive and resilient than before with productivity up by 50 percent and extra-EU exports rising one-third to 42 billion euro in the last 10 years," he noted.
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Behind the curves
Specialty Fabrics Review
It could be said, like the mythical Greek lion-goat-snake beast the chimera, that the tensile awning is a creature of blended ancestors. Not long ago, structures with tensile fabric characteristics started appearing in places often reserved for framed awnings or canopies, begging the question: What is the difference between an awning and a tensile awning?
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How the Easter bunny got so soft
Bloomberg
The plush toys that lined store shelves this time of year are cheaper, often safer, and much, much softer than in bygone days. They represent a small, squishy example of a pervasive phenomenon. The secret to both wickable T-shirts and softer Easter bunnies lies in polyester microfibers. These high-tech textiles have replaced the acrylic and polyester plushes that used to cover stuffed toys as surely as they’ve nudged aside cotton for exercise apparel. They represent a remarkable technical and cultural achievement.
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Building with textiles
Specialty Fabrics Review
The use of textiles in buildings is by no means new, with early examples of dwellings made using branches and animal furs that can be dated back more than 35,000 years. The TextielMuseum in Tilburg, Holland, is in a unique position to consider the historical as well as the present and future directions of textiles in architecture. Earlier this year, the museum hosted an exhibition on the subject that included leading architects, textile manufacturers, textile designers and researchers.
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Nike Flyknit: Waste reduced by two million pounds in weight so far
Innovation in Textiles
Since Nike's flat knitted Flyknit technology debuted in the Flyknit Racer running shoe in the London Olympics in 2012, the innovative manufacturing process has, according to the company, reduced waste by nearly two million pounds in weight – equivalent to about three times the weight of the world's largest passenger jet. After a successful launch in London, the Oregon-based sportswear giant has since taken the technology into multiple sports including soccer, basketball, running and American football.
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US manufacturing growth slows to 22-month low
CNBC
The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth fell in March to its slowest in almost two years, pressured by slowing gains in new orders and stagnant employment, according to an industry report. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity fell to 51.5 from 52.9 the month before. The reading was shy of expectations of 52.5, according to a Reuters poll of economists, and was the lowest reading since May 2013.
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