Tetex ABCs: Basalt fibres

Basalt fiber is a material made from extremely fine fibers of basalt, which is composed of the minerals plagioclase, pyroxene, and olivine. It is similar to fiberglass, having better physicomechanical properties than fiberglass, but being significantly cheaper than carbon fiber. It is used...

Denim insulation is a new hot eco-trend

When you’re finished with your favorite pair of jeans, what do you do with them? If you’re like most people, you give them to a younger family member, donate them to a local charity,...

PVC transparent films – what parameters should they have?

Sako Expo has a wide selection of transparent films made of PVC, characterized by durability, which goes hand in hand with the quality. Films are widely used in industry and agriculture. They are used...

Hit the slopes whenever you want! MR. SNOW dry sliding mats

Who is Mr. Snow? Or maybe who ARE Mr. Snow? The founders: Jens Reindl, Arndt Schumann and Felix Neubert combine the love for winter sports with summer temperatures. They are certified DSV snow sports instructors...

Comet moth’s silk fibers to make ‘air-conditioned’ fabric

Fabrics made from silkworm fibers have long been treasured for their beautiful luster and refreshing coolness. Columbia Engineering researchers have discovered that fibers produced by the caterpillars of a wild silk moth, the Madagascar...

Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Working up a sweat from carrying a heavy load? That is when the textile works at its best. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric...

Fungi-based, biodegradable fashion for better environment

Two University of Delaware students put their best foot forward at this year's National Sustainable Design Expo, showing off a biodegradable shoe they fashioned using mushrooms, chicken feathers and textile waste. Jillian Silverman and...

Noise-blocking curtains from Empa

Researchers at Empa, in cooperation with textile designer Annette Douglas and silk weavers Weisbrod-Zürrer AG, have developed lightweight, translucent curtain materials, which are excellent at absorbing sound. This is a combination that has been...

Researchers improve textile composite manufacturing

While wearing a crisply ironed, wrinkle-free shirt makes a good impression, researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus are working to solve the issue of wrinkling when it comes to making textile composites.Textile composites are known...

Harnessing friction gives soft robots new capabilities

Even octopuses understand the importance of elbows. When these squishy, loose-limbed cephalopods need to make a precise movement — such as guiding food into their mouth — the muscles in their tentacles contract to...
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