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MIFT research on carbon Fiber & Textile

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New innovations and inventions are flooding news and social media. Do you know latest innovation in textile sector? Yes, in textile and fashion field. This field does not get enough exposure like Google Driver less Car, Amazon Drone Delivery System or Water on Mars. But in textile field also lots of innovation is happening and it will change future of fashion. 3D Printing, Smart fiber, e-textile and intelligent clothing are just few names. 

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MIFT Carbon fiber filament yarns are used in several processing techniques: the direct uses are for prepregging, filament winding, pultrusion, weaving, braiding, etc. MIFT is working to reduce Manufacturing Cost. Significant amounts of energy are used to achieve the high temperatures required in the production process used to create carbon fiber. This contributes to a relatively high cost of carbon when compared to other materials.

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Also color is a constraint as Carbon-based fabrics can be more difficult and costly to dye. Since the carbon is “wrapped” in other FR fibers, there are limitations to the color carbon fibers can achieve through the dyeing process.

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MIFT is researching innovative Garment Cutting process. The characteristics of carbon make garment cutting more difficult than with other fabrics. This results in more mistakes, more error and more waste during the manufacturing process than with other fabrics used in garment production.

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MIFT has observed Traditional Sewing Techniques usually don’t work with cFiber. Equipment that is used to sew garments is not made for carbon-based fibers. Carbon has the tendency to wear through equipment much faster, dulling the needle and contributing to other difficulties in the sewing process.
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