Non stick material, maybe useful for fashion designers???

I was recently reading a post on this site about material research and it stated to look on:


[url]http://www.inventables.com/

Ive not registered but if click on view on the web database it mentions a fabric called ‘Nanosphere’.

Properties
Water-repellent
Dirt-resisntant

Typical Uses
Sportswear
Clothing/apparel
Shoes
Home furnishings
Carpets
Tablecloths
Upholstery
Medical applications - bedding in operating rooms, surgical gowns

Websites & Resources
Small Times Article
Schoeller
Nano-Tex
MIT Research on Teflon coated fabric

Price
Priced per application

Vendor
Schoeller Textil USA, Inc.

Sales
Tom Weinbender
info@schoellerusa.com
206.283.6991

Sheree Halleran
sheree@schoellerusa.com
206.286.8968

What is this?

This fabric has been treated with a NanoSphere® coating that prevents liquids or solids from sticking to it. Modeled after the microscopic surface finish of leaves such as grass or lily pads, this surface makes water bead up and dirt rinse off.

Fabrics finished with NanoSphere pass through a liquid mix of solvents and water. The nano-particles accumulate to eventually form a microscopic hilly landscape. This three-dimensional surface structure causes water and dirt particles to run off easily.

It is currently in use for leisure and work garments ranging from khakis to lab coats. It is perfect for baby clothes to resist stain from food and other messes. Parents wearing NanoSphere coated work clothes will not have to change at the last minute when their bundle of joy spits up right before heading out the door.

Think of table cloths and carpets treated this way. It could lower the stress at holiday meals, as spills would mop up easily. Of course, if you treated a napkin with this coating and it would make a great practical joke, smearing food around your face rather than absorbing it.

The manufacturer is investigating applications in industries including apparel, carpet, automotive interiors, medical and industrial. This coating adds approximately $1.50 to the cost of a square meter of Schoeller produced fabric.

Can this coating be applied to surfaces other than fabric? Scholler is investigating the use of this coating on all kinds of surfaces. The only use currently in production is fabric.

Anyone know of any plastics/coatings/finishs that have similiar properties?

darren. :bulb:

I believe the material/coating you’re referring to, to be: Teflon.
Or more precisely PTFE plastic family.
About.com revealed the following:
"PTFE or polytetrafluoroethylene was discovered on April 6, 1938 by Dr. Roy Plunkett at the DuPont research laboratories (Jackson Laboratory in New Jersey). Plunkett was working with gases related to Freon® refrigerants when upon checking a frozen, compressed sample of tetrafluoroethylene, he and his associates discovered that the sample had polymerized spontaneously into a white, waxy solid to form polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE.

PTFE was first marketed under the DuPont Teflon ® trademark in 1945. The molecular weight of Teflon can exceed 30,000,000, making it one of the largest molecules known. The surface is so slippery, virtually nothing sticks to it or is absorbed by it. No wonder Teflon was choosen to be used on non-stick cooking pans
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