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Neoprene Fabric

What is Neoprene Fabric ?

  • Originally produced by the American DuPont Corporation, Neoprene is a brand name of polychloroprene, which is used as a substitute for rubber .

History 

  • Like many history-altering inventions, chloroprene rubber was born out of necessity.
  • By the first few decades of the 20th century, a global rubber shortage became a primary concern of industrial giants in the Western nations, and American companies like DuPont began watching leading universities like hawks in the hopes that they’d find the answer.
  • In 1930, a professor of chemistry at the University of Notre Dame named Fr Julius Arthur Nieuwland gave a lecture that a leading DuPont executive happened to attend.
  • The lecture was on the subject of divinyl acetylene, a plastic material that Nieuwland had developed himself. DuPont recruited Nieuwland to develop a mass-producible compound based on divinyl acetylene, and together with top scientists in the field of plastics, Nieuwland was successful in 1930.
  • Neoprene burst onto the market in 1930, and the rest is history.
  • As a viable alternative to rubber, Neoprene played a critical role in the Allied efforts in World War II.
  • Everything from Jeep tires to wetsuits were suddenly issued in Neoprene instead of real rubber, and without DuPont’s miracle invention, it’s possible the war would have gone very differently.

What Makes it Stand Out

  • Entirely waterproof
  • Impermeability
  • Elasticity
  • Heat retention
Texture  Smooth
Fall Drapable
Shine Dull 
Sheer Opaque

 

Applications & Usage 

  • Apparel applications While Neoprene use in apparel is sparing, it isn’t uncommon to see this substance used in summertime womens garments and other apparel geared toward younger women.
  • Accessory applications Neoprene is commonly used as a material for electronics cases. While this plastic does not absorb shocks especially well, it provides a minimal buffer that protects electronics from scratches and minor drops. Sporting applications Scuba suits and wetsuits are common applications of chloroprene rubber. Since this substance is waterproof and insulative, it keeps divers warm and dry even in fully submerged conditions.
  • Military applications From gaskets to wetsuits, militaries and paramilitary organizations around the world come up with endless uses for Neoprene—it helps that DuPont has always been one of the U.S. government’s biggest contractors.
  • Industrial applications Neoprene is commonly used to make industrial machines that require gaskets or other Neoprene products.
Apparel Yes
Home Furnishing  -
Accessories -

 Neoprene swimwear

Image Reference - https://www.etsy.com/market/sports_bodysuits

Neoprene Extrusion

 

Care Instructions 

  • Hand-wash your item just as you would delicate clothing.
  • Wash gently, squeeze out the dirty water, and allow it to soak a little while longer.
  • Allow your neoprene clothes to dry flat on a towel or hang them by their ribbon tags on coat hangers.
  • It’s super important to hang up your neoprene piece directly after wear. Once it’s crushed or folded, it’s a real challenge to get those stubborn creases out of the fabric.
  • Hang your piece indoors away from direct sunlight, which can cause the material to dry out and crack.

Reference Links

https://sewport.com/fabrics-directory/ neoprene-fabric

https://graziamagazine.com/articles/ how-to-safely-clean-your-expensive- neoprene-or-scuba-pieces/

https://blog.fabricuk.com/neoprene-useful-uses/


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