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Medical textiles making a difference

Written by: Julie Boyd (@julieboydonline)The University of Leeds has a long history of textiles. Part of its origins stemmed from the local textiles industries wanting to compete with the rapid development of new technologies in Europe. Nowadays, this Russell Group University are world leaders in textiles research and innovation.Last term, as part...

Modern textiles: using technical textiles in your classroom

The profile of modern materials in textiles is becoming increasingly important particularly with the developments in the key stage 3 and 4 curriculum.These changes reflect the changing nature of the textiles industry, with the UK becoming a world leader in textiles developments, and the resulting career opportunities this offers young people....

Have you electrified your textiles curriculum?

You only have to look around our high street to realise that wearables and electronics in textiles are here to stay.A recent report by IDTechEx, a market research company who specialise in emerging technologies, forecasts that the market for e-textiles is currently worth $100 million and will grow to be worth $3 billion by 2026. Larger names are...

Does your sewing machine need an MOT?

Sewing machines are a key tool in any textiles department and how well machines are working impacts both on the quality of outcomes students’ produce and the stress levels of the teacher.The high amount of use that machines get in school mean that it is important to regularly maintain equipment, but this can be expensive. There are less and less...

Introducing STEM into textiles

The profile of STEM in textiles is becoming increasingly important particularly with the developments in the KS3 and KS4 curriculum. These changes reflect the changing nature of the textiles industry, with the UK becoming a world leader in STEM related textiles developments, and the resulting career opportunities this offers young people.You only...

The Amazing D30

A material with a split personality, combining Textile, Product Design and Engineering!D30 is runny, like orange slime, when it’s moving slowly. But if you hit it with a hammer it’s as hard as metal. Wow!Helmets, motorcycle jackets, footwear, phone cases, clothing for stunt actors, and even boxing gloves can all be made using D30. You can see some...

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