If a group of Japanese researchers have their way, auto trimmers may soon be installing or replacing butt-print technology in front-driver-side seat covers.
Yes, I said butt-print technology.
In July, we reported on G.A.H.H. Automotive’s new UltraMaxx Window Bonding System – which eliminates the heat seal between the canvas and glass on convertible tops, making it virtually impossible for the back windows on soft-top cars to detach.
Well it looks like another ragtop manufacturer is getting in on the action. E-Z On Auto Tops has recently launched the SGR Maxbond Window System – which pretty much offers the same benefits.
If you haven’t already registered for the 2012 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show – what are you waiting for?
In addition to a range of new product exhibits, training workshops and industry networking parties, the event will feature an “Interior Fabrication Workshop” hosted by Mobile Solutions and four business seminars designed to help take your small trim shop to the next level.
SEMA is offering scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, with a single top prize of $4,000, to top students planning on working in the auto industry.
What’s more, the organization is offering one student a full-ride scholarship to Ohio Technical College – valued at $29,400.
Tis the season for auto upholstery? Sure, why not? With Christmas only ten days away, I’ve had several customers call my shop inquiring about repair or upgrade services to gift a loved one. On the surface this seems like the perfect gift, but I’ve noticed that after only a few minutes of talking with them, the reality of the situation changes their tone and the customers seem to lose interest.
If the above video is any indication to what the future holds for fabrics, then yes – quite possibly.
Spanish fashionisto Manel Torres teamed up with scientists at Imperial College London to invent a silly-string-like spray that is actually short fibers (wool, linen or acrylic) mixed with polymers. When dissolved in solvent, the scientists are able to spray the fibers from an aerosol can or high-pressure air gun. The fibers then bond, dry and turn into fabric in the shape in which they were sprayed. Best of all, the fabrics created can be washed and reused or even dissolved again to start a new project from scratch.
Torres is currently experimenting with the spray-on fibers to create clothes, medical bandages and upholstery.
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