Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, leading developer of spider silk based fibers, has received a contract valued at up to $1.0 million for the development of high performance fibers for protective apparel applications. the Company will deliver ballistic shoot packs constructed from its proprietary Dragon Silk
“Dragon Silk scores very highly in tensile strength and elasticity, which makes it one of the toughest fibers known to man and the ideal material for many applications,” stated Jon Rice, COO. “Providing material for this ballistic shoot pack initiative is an important next step for Kraig and spider silk. This contract reinforces the many significant potential applications for recombinant spider silk. Today is a great day for spider silk.”
Dragon Silk’s primary advantage over traditional Kevlar is its flexibility. Kevlar is slightly more durable than Dragon Silk, with a strength of 3 gigapascals (GPa) compared to Dragon Silk’s strength of 2 GPa. However, Kevlar only has an elasticity of 3 percent, meaning it’s almost completely inflexible. Dragon Silk has an elasticity of 30 to 40 percent, which offsets the slightly reduced strength.
In 2015, Kraig announced a breakthrough: our Dragon Silk
In 2016, Kraig produced four new distinct transgenic lines, which use the most complex genetic designs in the company’s history. On top of the new lines, the lab also produced a new genetic insertion design for more effective gene splicing. This new design incorporated the properties of our Dragon Silk
SOURCES- Kraig Labs, Popular Mechanics
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