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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Clothing That Repairs Itself

Clothes That Heal Themselves Through the Power of Squid Teeth (+Video)

Researchers have invented a self-repairing mechanism for clothing using the proteins found in squid chompers.

Michelle Starr | August 11, 2016

Are you accident-prone? Self-repairing clothing may be in your future, thanks to Walter Dressick of the Naval Research Office and Melik Demirel of Pennsylvania State University.
Dressick, Demirel and their team have developed an autonomous self-repairing mechanism for tears in textiles such as cotton, linen and wool, as published in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.
Self-repairing material has proven pretty elusive. They either require a complicated set-up, such as the self-repairing plastic that feeds holes with a vascular system, or they take while, such as the self-healing e-skin that takes 30 minutes to knit.

"It's a simple process. You put a few drops of the liquid on the tear, apply warm water and press the edges together for a minute. The fabric reattaches and essentially self repairs, said Melik Demirel, a professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State." Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (New e-skin is sensitive to touch and self-healing. Chemists and engineers at Stanford say their synthetic material could help produce smarter prosthetics and resilient personal electronics that self-repair. November 12, 2012) and (Self-Healing Clothing Made From Squid Teeth Can Repair Itself. The technology could be a key to truly sustainable clothing. August 15, 2016)>

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