Spider Silk Parka

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Vor drei Jahren bloggte ich über A Cape made from Golden Spidersilk, damals fand man einen Weg, um die äußerst robuste Spinnenseide zu Stoffen zu verarbeiten. Das hat die japanische Firma Spiber nun biotech-industrialisiert und einen Prototypen eines ersten Parkas aus Creepycrawlyspinnenspritz hergestellt. In Schwarz würde ich mir den direkt zulegen.

Spiber, based in central Japan, says it has bioengineered 656 spider silk genetic variations into microbes to create its material Qmonos (Japanese for spider web) for the Moon Parka. The company has also created over 250 thread types with varying properties as part of a strategy to enter into the apparel, medical, and auto markets as soon as next year.

It has taken Spiber eight years to develop its silk. To make it, the company brews spider silk protein from its engineered microbes, and then purifies the protein into a fine powder. The powder is excreted through syringe-like needles to create fibers, which are then spun into thread.