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What is TiTek?
TiTek is a specialty textile more fully described in U.S. Patent 7,100,490 comprised of small, sharp-edged, titanium disks that are held in place by the very threads that comprise the fabric itself. Upon impact, these rings are forced together and lock in a manner to shred incoming projectiles into shrapnel.
What is a loom?
A loom is a machine that makes fabric by weaving two types of threads together. One set of threads are parallel to the outflow of fabric, i.e., machine direction, that are called warp threads. The other, perpendicular to the warp, are called weft threads.
What makes Echelon's loom special?
Echelon’s loom does everything that a normal loom does, as described above, while adding a third component, those small, sharp-edged titanium disks into the mix. This complicated the process a bit as those threads also needed to pass through the tiny hole in the center of each disk in order to hold them in place while simultaneously creating the fabric.
How long will it take to make Echelon's loom?
Echelon expects to have its loom up and running within nine months of a successful crowdfunding.
Ok. My fellow officers and I have donated, your loom is built, what's next?
TiTek has a lot of interest from companies already in the manufacture of protections like body armor, backpacks, and shields — all of whom have told us they will buy once they have successfully test-shot TiTek in their ranges. With production TiTek, those samples will be shot, rolls ordered, R&D commenced and they will enter the market with the protections. This is a 90-day process after which we will order the perks for delivery from the first OEM to certify them
What makes TiTek special?
TiTek uses an entirely new & different defeat mechanism using the buller's own energy to shred it as opposed to simple capture using blunt counter-force, so significant weight savings can be achieved. TiTek fabric can be used flexible OR rigid just like current ballistic textiles to make “soft” body armor and rigid vehicle panels to provide a quantum increase in protection v. weight ratio. (Actual weight savings will be determined by Echelon’s customers utilizing TiTek in their protections.)
What about other rounds?
All NIJ Armor specifications require higher levels of protection to also protect against all lesser threats. Level IV being the highest means all lower rifle and handgun threats are covered.
What testing has been done to date?
Echelon has tested TiTek v1.0 & v2.0. We invite you to see the TiTek difference in the videos above: 7.62x39 v. GoldShield, with and without TiTek. The only difference was the added TiTek; look at the effect on the round. Shrapnel. We are not an armor maker, but recognize the mission of armor is to stop bullets; the only important results are those from production level material. v1.0 & v2.0 did what we needed, but production material….material going into needed for final testing.
What will it take to do Final Testing?
The Police Body Armor Specification, NIJ 0101.06, requires up to 37 samples for complete testing. That’s 37 yards of the same material intended for use in any armor product. To make these 37 yards, we need only one loom producing production version TiTek. And that's why we ask for your help.
Where can I get more information about TiTek?
Google "U.S. Patent 7,100,490" or visit us at or email us at
What about backside deformation / Blunt Trauma?
In a plate, energy is dispersed because of its rigidity. You are likely to fall down but you aren't punched beyond the 44mm specified or leaking due to penetration. In TiTek, shrapnel randomly spreads throughout a 9" diameter in the backing layers with backface less than 44mm. Energy gets distributed in the individual pieces of shrapnel, each containing less energy than the bullet - while the sum of all pieces also has less energy than the intact round due to energy lost in the cutting process.

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