fabrication technology



YOU WANT TO KNOW why millennials aren’t buying fabric softener? It isn’t for environmental reasons. It’s because we have to prioritize our finances. Most of us have to scrape together just enough money to pay rent, student loans, car payments, groceries and gas, that we don’t have money to buy things that aren’t immediately necessary. Fabric softener is something our parents used that we never really gave much thought to.

Detergent cleans our clothing (which is mostly washed on a communal washing machine in an apartment or dorm) and with cheap detergent too. We have more important things to spend our money on than a liquid that will make our clothes smell like the right type of ocean breeze.

But do you want to know why we Millennials can’t prioritize fabric softener? Because our parents and theirs ruined the economy, the housing market and raised the costs of tuition without significantly raising workers wages to match the rise in prices.

My dad always used to tell me “ I bought my first car in college for $700 by myself and all I did was get a summer job working at the video store”. We that’s all fine and good, but the world is a different place now. It’s the place you made it. I have to put 50+ applications out to get two job call backs maybe. A decent car costs at the very least 1800 on Craigslist and even that’s on the low side. Rent for a one bedroom apartment is now $900 in my state but that’s also my monthly salary.

I know you like to rant about our texting and social media use and how we don’t like to roll in the mud and play stick ball like you guys used to, but stop for a second and think about how life and times change. Think about the fact that YOUR generation were the ones that invented the technology that you despise. We don’t have the time or money to worry about fabric softener when we are looking up how much money we can make selling blood so we can make rent every month. Thanks.

Neuro chip records brain cell activity at higher resolution

Brain functions are controlled by millions of brain cells. However, in order to understand how the brain controls functions, such as simple reflexes or learning and memory, we must be able to record the activity of large networks and groups of neurons. Conventional methods have allowed scientists to record the activity of neurons for minutes, but a new technology, developed by University of Calgary researchers, known as a bionic hybrid neuro chip, is able to record activity in animal brain cells for weeks at a much higher resolution. The technological advancement was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

“These chips are 15 times more sensitive than conventional neuro chips,” says Naweed Syed, PhD, scientific director of the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine’s Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and senior author on the study. “This allows brain cell signals to be amplified more easily and to see real time recordings of brain cell activity at a resolution that has never been achieved before.”

The development of this technology will allow researchers to investigate and understand in greater depth, in animal models, the origins of neurological diseases and conditions such as epilepsy, as well as other cognitive functions such as learning and memory.

“Recording this activity over a long period of time allows you to see changes that occur over time, in the activity itself,” says Pierre Wijdenes, a PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program and the study’s first author. “This helps to understand why certain neurons form connections with each other and why others won’t.”

The cross-faculty team created the chip to mimic the natural biological contact between brain cells, essentially tricking the brain cells into believing that they are connecting with other brain cells. As a result, the cells immediately connect with the chip, thereby allowing researchers to view and record the two-way communication that would go on between two normal functioning brain cells.

“We simulated what Mother Nature does in nature and provided brain cells with an environment where they feel as if they are at home,” says Syed. “This has allowed us to increase the sensitivity of our readings and help neurons build a long-term relationship with our electronic chip.”

While the chip is currently used to analyze animal brain cells, this increased resolution and the ability to make long-term recordings is bringing the technology one step closer to being effective in the recording of human brain cell activity.

“Human brain cell signals are smaller and therefore require more sensitive electronic tools to be designed to pick up the signals,” says Colin Dalton, adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering and a co-author on this study. Dalton is also the facility manager of the University of Calgary’s Advanced Micro/nanosystems Integration Facility (AMIF), where the chips were designed and fabricated.

Researchers hope the technology will one day be used as a tool to bring personalized therapeutic options to patients facing neurological disease.


Haversack SS17 Lookbook

Apologies for the recent overload of Japanese brand’s lookbooks, but I must come to terms with my passion for the unique sensitivity, attention to detail and aesthetic they deliver in each of their garments. Simply put, for me, the vast majority of contemporary exciting projects in menswear, come from the land of the rising sun - it seems they are constantly one step ahead in what regards textile technology, fabrics and plays on shape and proportion.

Haversack’s upcoming SS17 collection is a perfect example: unexpected yet sophisticated layering, a return to wide-legged pants and an overall casual tailored feel that embodies everything I love, even if with an exaggerated accent.

If anyone’s curious, here’s a look at how I do online fabric swatching!

1. Open a color-accurate reference for the character in a photo editing program. Try to avoid screenshots where the setting is strangely lit, i.e. a night scene. If a character modeling sheet is available, that’s your best option!

2. Using the Eyedropper tool (or an equivalent), pull out the colors for each part of the costume and use the Brush tool to record them. In this example, I’m trying to figure out fabrics for the pink elements of Ginko’s outfit, so I’ve pulled out the colors for her tie, her bra/bow, and her skirt and top paneling. Make sure you’re pulling the “true” color of the clothing and not an area that is in shadow or highlighted.

3. Copy and paste fabric images/swatches next to your color references until you find one that comes as close as possible. If you’re torn between two swatches, use the eye dropper to determine which swatch is closest to the color family/hue in your reference. For instance, I was having trouble deciding between two different hot pinks for the third color; I checked them with the eye dropper, and the one you see in this final swatch card had a cooler tone, while the other was warmer and therefore didn’t match my reference as closely as I first thought!

PLEASE NOTE: Obviously, colors on your monitor will differ from real life, so be sure to still order actual swatches before dropping money on all the yardage you need. This method is meant to help you narrow down possible options, as just glancing back and forth between references and fabric stock images can be tricky! (Especially after staring at a computer screen for hours!) Something that may look accurate to your eyes may not match at all due to influence from surrounding colors, so comparing colors individually like this can help you find that perfect fabric! Hooray for technology!

Spy headcanon

Spy wearing a mask is not his own choice. He only needs it for the disguise kit and the cloak to work, since the technology of his cloak-watch and disguise kit is connected with the suit (or maybe an underlying layer of clothing?). All body parts must atleast be covered in 80% of the special fabric made for that technology.

Everytime it is save to put the mask away he will gladly do it, because his poor hair suffers from it. (And his hair is so beautiful after all, how dare them to make him wear a mask).


to celebrate the debut of the new costume officially soon, i thought id finally post the concepts I went through for this costume.

a. the concept as it was originally pitched to me was far more street-level sounding. it involved a status quo change that saw jessica in a new environment and job for herself. this is what drove my early attempts. i tried to imagine her wearing something that can be seen as a costume when she is in battle, but also something that wouldn’t stick too far out if she was in a bar or an office.

b. with the second round, the idea brought back some of the superhero-ness to it. and something i wanted to bring in is that she is a spy. she works for shield. she would have access to fabrics and technology that aren’t real. so i could have some fun with what this costume could physically do. 

c. a bit more focusing on the direction now. multiple editors and voices were now involved, so i had to balance what everyone was thinking.

d. i played some more with the mask. i originally wanted them to just be lenses that grew out into a larger mask on her face. i wanted them to be a bit science-fictiony. more fun than realistic.

final. after some final notes from Joe Q, this was were the design ended up at.


Project Jacquard

Project from Google ATAP looks into ways to turn textiles into interactive interfaces:

Project Jacquard is a new system for weaving technology into fabric, transforming everyday objects, like clothes, into interactive surfaces. Project Jacquard will allow designers and developers to build connected, touch-sensitive textiles into their own products. This is just the beginning, and we’re very excited to see what people will do with it.

You can find out more at the project page here


“You gave me a key and called it home.”

I finally finished it!  Thank you to @exysexual, @rory, @writeoutoflove, and @snappleeducated for helping me decide on the design :)  

Template included above for anyone who wants to make their own! 

“With computers and information technology forming a bigger and bigger part of the world economy these days, and with children born today set to be alive well into the 22nd century, we feel that the right approach to education is to ban anything more modern than inkwells.” said Doreen Galactus, education expert, when Pointless Letters reached out for comment today.

“There may be some complaining at first, but when we burn a few pupils as witches for owning thin glass slates that contain moving pictures and quite possibly the souls of the victims of their dark magicks, the rest will soon fall in line. Then we will be free to start on the important work of equipping British pupils for long, fulfilling careers in the 19th century.”


Lighter Than Water, Stronger Than Steel

Researchers in Germany have made a significant advance in creating lightweight, tough materials by taking a note from bone, wood and honeycombs.

A Karlsruhe Institute of Technology team fabricated polymer and alumina composites in a regular framework structure using 3-D laser lithography. Their hierarchical microarchitecture achieved extremely porous materials with strength-to-density ratios higher than bone, aluminum or steel.

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Stephen Hawking joins Yuri Milner and others in a fantastic bid to explore outer space

With a team of brilliant minds beside him, Internet investor Yuri MIlner announced that he’s spending $100 million on a fantastic and futuristic plan to explore the final frontier.

At a press conference held at One World Observatory in New York, Milner shared his plan, and said that the eventual goal is sending hundreds or thousands of tiny spacecraft, each weighing far less than an ounce, to the Alpha Centauri star system.

The idea is that the spacecraft would be powered by energy from a powerful array of Earth-based lasers, flying at about one-fifth the speed of light. They could reach Alpha Centauri in 20 years, where they could make observations and send the results back to Earth.

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What is FabHub?

FabHub is a global directory of digital fabricators: makers, workshops, factories and manufacturers who offer a manufacturing service or services using digital fabrication technology.

You can use FabHub to find a maker / find a digital fabricator who can make / manufacture / fabricate products that are designed for digital fabrication, be it CNC cutting, CNC routing, 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting — any technology where you supply a digital design (normally as vector artwork or cutting sheets) that numerically controls a digital manufacturing machine.

Traditionally, these digital manufacturing services have been used for rapid prototyping by companies looking to design and iterate products: one-off model making or short-run prototypes with a quick turnaround. However, with the rise of technologies like Stereolithography (SLA), 3D Printing, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and CNC Machining, their integration with the Internet and digital communication technologies, more and more designers, makers and product companies are using digital fabrication techniques to produce specialised, bespoke, customised and personalised products.

In many cases, makers and digital fabricators can help refine designs, make sure they’re structurally sound and makable and / or finish and arrange delivery. This often includes engineering and CAD work to fix and analyse 3D models, file conversion and / or post production and finishing work (like sanding, polishing and applying a finish or coating to the raw product coming off the machine).

Current services offered include: 2D Colour Print Media, 3D Film/Video Production, 3D Printing, 3D Print Post-Processing, 3D Scanning, Architectural Model Making, Assembly, CAD Modelling & File Conversion, Casting, CNC Lathing, CNC Machining, CNC Milling, CNC Routing, Concept / Block Model Making, Concept Design, Construction Services, ddd (d), Design, Design Analysis, Experiental 3D Production, Fabrication, Finishing, Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Guidance, Joinery & Cladding, Laser Cutting, Laser Engraving, Laser Processes, Laser Welding, Materials, Media & Print, Metal Casting / Die Casting, Metal Coating / Plating, Metalworks, MultiJet Modeling (ZCorp) (MJM), Polishing, Polyjet Matrix (Objet), Powder Coating (Powder Coating), Printing, Product Scale Model Making, Rapid Injection Tooling (RIT), Reaction Injection Moulding (RIM), Scale Model Making, Scanning, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Sheet & Film Printing, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Spray Painting, Stereolithography (SLA), Technical Services, Tube Bending (Tube Bending), Turnkey Build Projects, Vacuum Casting / Vacuum Forming, Vinyl Printing & Application, Waterjet Cutting.

Current locations include: Alicante, Allegheny County, Antrim, Antwerp Province, Atizapán de Zaragoza Municipality, Auckland, Aveyron, Azor, Bāra Banki, Barcelona, Batatais, Birmingham, Biscay, Blackburn with Darwen, Boroondara, Braye, Brisbane, Bristol, (Bruxelles-Capitale), Buckinghamshire, Butler County, Cambridgeshire, Canterbury, Cape Town, Capitale-Nationale, Carapicuíba, Catania, Catoosa County, Central Administrative Okrug, Charleston County, Clackmannanshire, Colombo, Colón, Cook County, Cook County, Copenhagen municipality, Cornwall, Cuauhtémoc Borough, Daerah Johor Baharu, Darwin, Denver County, Departamento de Rosario, Devon, Diadema, Dublin City, Duval County, Eaton County, Fayette County, Finistère, Florianópolis, Forsyth County, Fort Bend County, Frederiksberg Kommune, Fremantle, Frunzensky District, Garfield, Gateshead, Gemeente Amsterdam, Gemeente Baarle-Nassau, Gemeente Diemen, Gemeente Groningen, Gemeente Leeuwarden, Gemeente Rotterdam, Gemeente Skarsterlân, Gemeente Tilburg, Gemeente Woensdrecht, Gemeente Wormerland, Gipuzkoa, Gironde, Glasgow City, Grand Traverse County, Grays Harbor County, Greater London, Hamburg, Freie und Hansestadt, Haute-Savoie, Hauts-de-Seine, Hertfordshire, Hobart, Horowhenua District, Hubbard County, Hyderābād, Islamabad, Kam Tin San Tsuen, Kotamadya Jakarta Selatan, Kotamadya Surabaya, Leeds, Lehigh County, Leon, Liège Province, Limburg Province, Loiret, Los Angeles County, Madrid, Merkez, Mexicali, Milton, Montérégie, Monterrey, Montréal, Moreland, Nassau County, Neblo, Nelson City, New York County, Norfolk, Northampton County, Okres Louny, Okres Ústí nad Orlicí, Orange County, Oslo, Oxfordshire, Palermo Soho, Paris, Parramatta, Partido de José C. Paz, Philadelphia County, Phillip, Ponte de Lima, Portsmouth, Province of Batangas, Provincia de Santiago, Provincia di Potenza, Pulaski County, Ramsey County, Rhône, Rockingham County, Salt Lake County, San Francisco County, San Luis Obispo County, San Mateo County, Secondi Takoradi, Seville, Sheffield, Shibuya-ku, Slough, Solano County, Somerset, Somme, Southampton, St. John’s, St. Louis, Stoke-on-Trent, Suffolk, Suffolk County, Taipei, Tarragona, Tlalpan Borough, Toronto county, Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Tsuen Wan, Ubaque, Union County, Valencia, Vancouver, Vienne, Walloon Brabant Province, Warwickshire, Westmoreland County, Wigan, Worcestershire, Xochimilco Borough, Yel’nikovskiy Rayon.

Current materials worked with include: ABS, Acetal, Acrylic / Perspex, Acrylic textile, Aluminium, Aluminium Composite / Coated, Aramid textile, Ash, Aspen, Birch, Birch-faced Plywood, Brass, Cardboard, Cedar, Cherry, Constructional Timber, Corian, Cork, Corrugated Plastic / Coroplast / Correx / Twinwall Plastic, Cotton, Decorative Wood Veneers, Denim, Dibond / Alu-panel, Elm, Engineering Plastics & Sheets (Thermoplast), Epoxy Resin (semi-transparent), Felt, Ferrous Metals, Fir, Foam Polymers, Glass, Hardwoods, Hazel, Laminated Plywood, Leather, LVL Laminated Veneer Lumber, Mahogany, Maple, Marble, MDF Medium Density Fibreboard, Mild Steel, Non-Ferrous Metals & Composites, Nylon, Nylon textile, Oak, OSB Oriented Strand Board, Other construction materials, Other Organic Materials, Paper, Particleboard / Chipboard / MFC, PET Extruded Sheets, PETG, Pine, Plaster, Plywood, Polycarbonate, Polyester textile, Polypropylene, Polystyrene, POM Polyoxymethylene / Delrin / Celcon / Hostaform, PTFE Sheets and solids, PVC, Rubber, Slate, Softwoods, Spandex / Polyurethane textile, Spruce, Stainless Steel, Stone & Ceramic, Suede, Teak, Textiles, Thermoset Plastics, Walnut, Wax, White Resin (3D Printing), Wisaboard Laminated Plywood, Wood / Timber, ZOTE Foam / Polyethylene Foam.

Current file formats supported include: ACIS SAB (.sab), ACIS SAT (.sat), Adobe Illustrator AI (.ai), AutoCAD DWG (.dwg), AutoCAD DXF (.dxf), AutoDesk 3D Studio 3DS (.3ds), AutoDesk Inventor .iam (.iam), AutoDesk Inventor .ipt (.ipt), CATIA (.catia), CATIA V4 (.model), CATIA V5 .CATpart (.catpart), CATIA V5 .CATproduct (.catproduct), CorelDraw CDR (.cdr), Creo / Pro Engineer ASM (.asm), Creo / Pro Engineer PRT (.prt), Designer MGX (.mgx), EPS Encapsulated PostScript (.eps), GFX (.gfx), IGES IGS (.igs), NX Unigraphics PRT (.prt), OpenRP (.rp), ParaSolid X_B (.x_b), ParaSolid X_T (.x_t), PDF (.pdf), PROE (.proe), Rhino 3D 3dm (.3dm), SketchUp SKP (.skp), SolidEdge ASM (.asm), SolidEdge PAR (.par), SolidWorks 3D Assembly Model (.sldasm), SolidWorks 3D Part Model (.sldprt), SpaceClaim (.scdoc), STEP STP (.stp), STL (.stl), VDA (.vda), Vision VX (.vx), Wavefront OBJ (.obj).



2015FW, we team up with Libolon from Li Peng Enterprise Co. Ltd once again, the biggest manufacturer of Nylon 6 in Asia. Adhering to the previous 15SS collection, this season also utilizes the patented fabric technology ECOYA®, innovating several new fabrics with an emphasis on texture, functionality, and low pollution among the many.

ECOYA® provides fabric with excellent performance in regards to light-fastness, color-fastness against water, washing-fastness, anti-UV and color reproducibility. With this current collaboration, we have also applied the technology to ripstop fabric and cotton textured nylon, with the addition of Durable Water Repellent technology, of an 80/20 ratio, intent on further expanding and innovating the range of functional textiles available for each collection.