Michigan Firm Taps 3-D Knit Tech to Create Washable X7 Face Masks

A Michigan-based North American leader in the development and production of medical and technical textiles has launched a non-medical protective face mask using a unique 3-D knit technology.
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Duvaltex has launched a non-medical protective face mask using a unique 3-D knit technology. / Photo courtesy of Duvaltex

A Michigan-based North American leader in the development and production of medical and technical textiles has launched a non-medical protective face mask using a unique 3-D knit technology.

The new X7 mask by Duvaltex in Grand Rapids provides comfort while minimizing the risk of contamination and transmission of viruses, such as COVID-19, the company states. It contributes to sustainability by being machine washable and reusable, and is made entirely in the United States at Duvaltex’s facility in Grand Rapids,

“We are continuing to leverage our extensive experience in the development and production of medical and technical textiles for the health care industry to help protect people and limit the spread of viruses such as COVID-19,” says Alain Duval, CEO of Duvaltex.

“We have made significant investments in new equipment at our plant in Michigan, developed special anti-microbial textiles, and used unique 3-D knit technology to bring these innovative masks to market in record time. All of our employees are proud to be contributing to the protection of Americans in today’s new reality by preventing the spread of viruses.”

The X7 protective mask was developed by Duvaltex’s Knit Innovations center of excellence. Designed for all-day use, its air-chamber 3D-knit design ensures it fits the face and allows air to circulate freely, making it easy to breathe and limiting condensation. Prices start at $12.99 per mask.

The mask features specifically engineered yarns that resist odor and combat microbe-causing bacteria for an additional level of protection. The yarns also allow the mask to be washed with a bleaching solution while preserving its color and shape.

Duvaltex made substantial investments in new 3D knitting equipment to provide it with the capacity to produce millions of X7 masks. It also bolstered the facility’s 3D knitting technology capabilities with a view to producing advanced products for a range of other applications, both medical and otherwise.

“In keeping with our commitment to sustainability, the technology allows us to eliminate waste in the production process (which) ensures our products are reusable, protecting our planet for future generations,” says Duval. He adds with the promising growth prospects supported by 3D-knit technology and the unique expertise of its Grand Rapids knit team, Duvaltex is confident about bringing more innovative products to market.

Duvaltex’s new X7 protective mask complies with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations regarding face coverings and masks. It comes in different sizes for optimal face contouring and all adult face shapes.

The mask is available in bulk quantities for large businesses as well as the retail, hospitality, and service sectors, or individually, through a dedicated e-commerce platform at knit.duvaltex.com.

Duvaltex is North America’s largest office furniture textile manufacturer and leading protective textiles provider. It specializes in the design and production of advanced textile solutions and sustainable textiles.

The company develops and produces medical and technical textiles for the health care industry to help protect people and limit the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. For more information visit duvaltex.com.

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