Materials & Components

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#ThinkDo 1

Find out about thermochromic liquid crystal & phase change inks via bit.ly/1dX4trw 

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#ThinkDo 2

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This headlight panel on an Alfa Romeo 4C is made of carbon fibre composite material. What is a composite? What other examples of composites can you name?






#ThinkDo 3

This thread is photochromic. What does that mean? Is it smart or modern? Justify your answer

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#ThinkDo 4

Describe how electronics can be used in modern textiles products giving examples as part of your answer. How do electronics add value for the consumer?

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What fibre is this? What properties does it have? Can you name examples of fabrics? What types of products might it be used for?

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What is the name of this fabric? What properties does it have?  What fabric finishes might be used on it? What is the weave? Find a diagram that represents how the weave is constructed. 

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What is the name of this fabric? What properties does it have?  What is the weave? Find a diagram that represents how the weave is constructed. 

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#ThinkDo 8

If you live near Manchester visit the Museum of Science and Industry and see displays on the origins of a range of fibres. They also have machinery and information that is great for understanding about weaving. 

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#ThinkDo 9

What fibre is this? How can you tell? What properties does this give the fabric? Draw close ups of other fibres e.g. linen, cotton.  Find out more at http://goo.gl/k4UJ7K 

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#ThinkDo 10

Summarise the types of information found on a care label. How does this information help the consumer?

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#ThinkDo 11

What are the properties of wool? What products might it be used for? What is the Woolmark? Find out here more from these 2 websites:

http://goo.gl/jUsUAh 
http://www.moons.co.uk/?p=1418

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#ThinkDo 12

My label says I am made out of recycled materials. What fibre might I be made out of? What might I be recycled from?

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#ThinkDo 13

Nikwax Windproof; a waterproof, windproof and breathable fabric. Find out how it works at http://www.directionalfabrics.com/windproof.html & find out about other Nikwax fabrics at http://goo.gl/7vD3iW  

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#ThinkDo 14

Buttons are a component. Name 3 other types of components used on textiles products. Explain how you would use components to add interest to a product. 

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#ThinkDo 15

What type of weave is this? Discuss the advantages & disadvantages of using a woven fabric for a product

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#ThinkDo 16

What type of weave is this? What properties does this type of weave add to a fabric? What types of products might it be used for?

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#ThinkDo 17

What is the name of this fabric?  What is the weave? Draw a diagram that represents how the weave is constructed. 

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#ThinkDo 18

What is the name of this fabric? What is the weave? Draw a diagram that represents how the weave is constructed. 

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#ThinkDo 19

I am a stretchy fabric made of loops. I don’t fray but can ladder. What am I?

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#ThinkDo 20

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This fabric has an embossed decorative finish on the surface. How might this have been done?

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#ThinkDo 21

Bamboo 5904

This fabric has an embossed decorative finish on the surface. How might this have been done?

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#ThinkDo 22

Polyester 6404

This shower curtain, beaker, hat & water bottle are all made out of polyester. What other products can you find made out of polyester?


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#ThinkDo 23

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Blue foam used to model & prototype ideas. How else might a designer model their ideas?


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#ThinkDo 24

Tyvek envelope

This envelope is made of Tyvek which is a technical textile which looks & feels like paper but which is much stronger. It was originally designed as a breathable membrane for use in the building industry & is now used for a variety of products from packaging to garments. What other technical textiles can you name?

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#ThinkDo 25

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This rug is made of pieces of fabric & lace. What is the textiles technique that has been used?

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Flyknit 3D knitted fabric used in Nike trainers. Where else might 3D knitting be used?

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