Flash-Dried Fabrics


S
ince its introduction last year, Schoeller Textil’s 3XDRY® finishing technology has
earned praises for its multifunctional moisture-management capabilities. First developed for
activewear, it also is suitable for workwear, leisurewear and fashion apparel.

“3XDRY is Schoeller’s answer to a challenge from the marketplace to provide a treatment that
retains water resistance on the face of a fabric and increases wicking on the back,” said Tom
Weinbender, president, Schoeller Textil USA Inc., Seattle. The two functions are truly separate
within the fabric, which remains highly breathable.

The technology uses a special process to apply the opposing finishes. A hydrophilic finish on
the back wicks perspiration away from the body, spreading it over the fabric, to evaporate quickly
on the face, which has a hydrophobic finish that repels water and dirt. The fabric dries six to
eight times faster than untreated fabric. 3XDRY also incorporates FreshPlus hygienic treatment to
control odor.

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3XDRY® provides hydrophilic, hydrophobic

and quick-drying properties all at once.

3XDRY optimizes the performance of any woven fabric, whether single- or multi-layered.
Weinbender said fabrics treated with 3XDRY remove 100 percent of moisture from the body, while
those having standard hydrophilic treatments remove only 35 percent. The moisture-management
properties last through 30 to 50 launderings or more. The application of heat, either by ironing or
in a dryer, reactivates water repellency.

3XDRY was developed without using
carcinogens or heavy metals and complies with the bluesign® standard for environmentally
responsible manufacturing
(See “The Blue Revolution,”
TI , April 2001).

Schoeller applies the treatment to several of its stretch woven fabrics, including
double-faced schoeller®-dryskin with nylon and Coolmax®, whose wicking properties are enhanced by
3XDRY.

Other fabrics include: schoeller-dynamic, with nylon and Cordura® for performancewear, and
natural fiber blends for sportswear; and schoeller-WB-400, with a fleece backing and a breathable
coating, for use in winter apparel.

Apparel makers are using the fabrics in soft-shell applications. The German manufacturer
Vaude was among the first to offer such apparel, earning the ISPO Outdoor Award Summer 2001 for the
best outdoor innovation based on function, innovation, user-friendliness and design.

Schoeller licenses the 3XDRY technology to other companies as well, and also will act as a
converter, treating fabrics manufactured by other companies.


For more information about 3XDRY®, contact Tom Weinbender (206) 283-6991.


September 2002
 

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