Garment Having Integrally-Formed Surface Protrusions
Patent #: 6,478,784
Inventor(s): Larry Johnson and Mark Kline
Company: Procter & Gamble
A garment with a first and second region has been patented. The material can be softened and drawn under a vacuum and can extend in the first region. The material has a surface that has been mechanically modified to form several surface protrusions integrally from the garment material. The surface protrusions have a configuration and an orientation in relation to the garment surface and are formed by providing a portion of the garment, including the garment surface, with a forming die with a first and second surface. The first surface has a plurality of openings, which have a configuration and orientation corresponding with the shape and orientation of the surface protrusions of the garment material. The openings provide communication between the first and second surface of the forming die. The garment is then placed against the first surface of the forming die while softening the garment surface by application of a source of energy. A vacuum is applied to the forming die’s second surface to draw some of the softened garment surface into the openings from the die’s first surface. The forming die is separated from the garment surface to form surface protrusions and a landing zone with fibrous loops is located in the second region and is adapted to engage with the surface protrusions to provide a closure mechanism for holding the first and second region in an overlapping configuration.
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