Synthetic Fibres

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Synthetic Fibres

There are a number of synthetic fibres. Synthetic fibres are used in a variety of applications.

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  • Polyester is a popular synthetic fibre.
  • Polyester is known for its durability and wrinkle resistance.
  • Polyester is often blended with other fibres.
  • Polyester is commonly used in:
    • Clothing.
    • Home textiles.
    • Upholstery.
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  • Nylon is a synthetic fibre with high strength and abrasion resistance.
  • Nylon is commonly used in:
    • Activewear.
    • Hosiery.
    • Industrial applications.
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  • Rayon is a semi-synthetic fibre made from cellulose.
    • Rayon is often derived from wood pulp.
  • Rayon has a soft and silky feel.
  • Rayon is used in various clothing items.
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  • Acrylic is a synthetic fibre that mimics the properties of wool.
  • Acrylic is often used in:
    • Knitwear.
    • Blankets.
    • Outdoor clothing.
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  • Microfibre is a synthetic fibre made from polyester or nylon.
  • Microfibre is known for its ultra-fine threads and superior absorbency.
  • Microfibre is used in:
    • Cleaning cloths.
    • Sportswear.
    • Towels.
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  • Spandex is a stretchy synthetic fibre.
  • Spandex is commonly used in:
    • Activewear.
    • Swimwear.
    • Form-fitting clothing.

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3Timber: Specialist Technical Principles

4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

6Textiles: Specialist Technical Principles

7Designing & Making Principles

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