Industrial knit textiles are an incredibly diverse range of fabrics with complex construction designs for the specialty and advanced material industries. These fabrics are produced on machinery as varied as circular, raschel, tricot, and double-needle bar. It is from the double-needle bar machine that we derive spacer mesh.
Spacer mesh, also called 3D mesh and sandwich mesh is essentially 3 separate layers of fabric knit together – a face and a back connected by a monofilament yarn to produce the “connecting cushion”. Each layer is knit simultaneously by a single machine. The end product is akin to laminated neoprene, but with superior durability, breathability and cost savings.
End applications of the spacer mesh are diverse; they include uses in personal safety (harnesses), apparel, automotive, aeronautical, outdoor accessories, and healthcare applications. At Jason Mills, we offer a stock line of multiple thicknesses for optimal use for these applications, within a thickness range of 3/32 to a ¼ of an inch.
The complex construction of spacer mesh allows it to be quite effective as a cushioning fabric for many of these different applications, where before the technology was available, less effective materials were often implemented. It’s exciting to be a part of an industry that is experiencing such growth in the implementation of advanced technology, and we’re proud to offer the latest materials that result from these processes, and will continue to be on the cutting edge of our industry.