Fibrenamics and FEPSA developed Innovative Hats and Boots
The Fibrenamics Association and FEPSA have developed innovative hats, orthopedic boots, prosthetic and foot coverings.
Promoted by FEPSA and developed in partnership with Fibrenamics - the University of Minho, the project NanoFelt aimed to optimize a production system with the introduction of synthetic fibers in the felting process, along with a functionalization process using metallic nanoparticles, in order to produce felts with self-cleaning, anti-static and anti-microbial capabilities.
Thereby, by changing the morphology of synthetic fibers to make them similar to natural fibers, it was possible to incorporate 30% of synthetic fibers in the felting process combined with natural fibers such as wool and rabbit fur.
This approach allowed to obtain felts produced with a mixture of synthetic and natural fibers functionalized with nanoparticles, able to perform self-cleaning, antistatic, and antimicrobial functions. Finally, as demonstration models, the functionalized felts were applied in the development of a hat, orthopedic boots, prosthesis lining, and foot lining, models that present the functions described above.
Figure 1 - Demonstrator models of the NanoFelt project.