Fiber is a natural or synthetic substance that is significantly longer than it is wide. Fibers are often used in the manufacture of other materials. The strongest engineering materials often incorporate fibers, for example carbon fiber and ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene.Synthetic fibers can often be produced very cheaply and in large amounts compared to natural fibers, but for clothing natural fibers can give some benefits, such as comfort, over their synthetic counterparts.

  • An innovative high-performance material: biofibers made from green lacewing silk

    The mechanical properties of the green lacewing egg stalks are so remarkable that researchers would like to replicate them in technical fibers.  Wikimedia Commons, Karthik R. Bhat

    Innovative biofibers made from a silk protein of the green lacewing are being developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in conjunction with the company AMSilk GmbH. Researchers are working on producing the protein in large quantities by using biotechnology. The aim is to use the material in the future as a high-grade rigid fiber, for example, in lightweight plastics in transportation technology. It can also be conceivably used in medical technology, for example, as a biocompatible silk coating on implants. The Fraunhofer IAP is presenting its initial material sample at the International Green Week Berlin from January 20 to 29, 2017 in Hall 4.2, booth 212.

  • Neue Optionen für hochfeste Faserseile

    Sechs Jahre Forschungsarbeit stecken in einer neuen Seilendverbindung aus Kunststoff, die an der Universität Stuttgart entwickelt wurde. Jetzt hat der Einband für hochfeste Faserseile Marktreife erreicht, ein Prototyp ist bereits im Einsatz. Die Erfinder suchen nun weitere Partner aus der Industrie.
    Die TLB GmbH unterstützt die Universität Stuttgart bei der Vermarktung und der weltweiten wirtschaftlichen Umsetzung dieser zukunftsweisenden Erfindung.