Midland, Mich.-based Dow Corning Corp., a supplier of silicone products for textile applications,
has introduced the brand name Deflexion™ for its active protection system (APS) silicone-based
flexible impact protection fabric technology, originally launched in 2006
(See Quality Fabric Of The Month: ”
On Demand,” July/August 2006). Intended as both a performance textile and an
impact-absorbing material, Deflexion is designed to absorb and disperse the shock of impact,
providing protection without the added bulk and stiffness of traditional padding and body armor.
Dow Corning reports the material is flexible, breathable, washable and durable; and may be cut and
sewn directly into clothing.
Dow Corning offers two Deflexion technology platforms: the S-Range 3D spacer textile
technology; and the TP-Range thermoplastic technology. Based on these two platforms, the Deflexion
materials are available on rolls in various thicknesses, weights, flexibilities, and breathability
and protection levels. It can be cut into different shapes, and it also may be layered. Possible
applications include sports apparel, such as base-layer shirts and protective equipment; as well as
footwear, medical devices, personal protective equipment and luggage.
July 20, 2010