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Is This the Future of Cold Weather Fabrics?

August 28th, 2017 Nick of Time Textiles
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New FabricsEvery winter, Americans all across the country are subjected to extremely cold temperatures. Moreover, when it gets cold outside, many of them respond by bundling up and putting on as many layers as they possibly can to prevent their bodies from getting too cold. Nevertheless, they might not have to do that anymore in the very near future thanks to new high-tech fabrics that are going to allow them to “heat” their clothing, similar to the way they heat their car seats up in the wintertime by hitting a switch.

Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, & Engineering Center are working tirelessly on these high-tech fabrics that could potentially be game-changers for many people. According to a recent Quartz report, the U.S. Army researchers have figured out a way to incorporate fine silver nanowires into fabrics like cotton and polyester. At the moment, the researchers are doing it to try and help soldiers out on the battlefield who are forced to endure extremely cold temperatures on a regular basis. But obviously, if the technology works for the U.S. Army, it could eventually find its way into the mainstream and be used by everyone.

There are some challenges that come along with trying to advance high-tech fabrics. For starters, the nanowires that are being placed into articles of clothing need electricity to work, and researchers are trying to find the least intrusive way to incorporate batteries into clothing outfitted with nanowires. But the thought is that clothing companies could eventually find a way to seamlessly outfit their fabrics with the nanowires by using technologically advanced batteries that won’t change the form or fit of clothing. It would help people keep warm in the winter without bundling up, and it would also cut down on the amount of clothing people would need to purchase in the first place.

Nick of Time is excited by the news about the high-tech fabrics that the U.S. Army is creating, and we plan to continue to monitor the situation. In the meantime, we will also continue to offer the very best fabrics that are currently available in the industry. Check out what we have in stock or call us at 877-447-8370 today to place an order.




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