Instant, sprayable, non-woven fabric
In collaboration with the Imperial College London’s Department of Chemical Engineering, a British company named Fabrican has develloped an instant, sprayable, non-woven fabric. Dr Manel Torres, a Spanish fashion designer and an Academic Visitor at Imperial, worked with Paul Luckham, a professor of particle technology at Imperial College London to create the material and found the way to liquefy and bond fibers so that non-woven fabric that can be easily sprayed on to any surface like a body or a dress form.
The building process uses aerosol cans or spray-guns
The spray-on fabric is formed by the cross-linking of tiny fibres combined with polymers and dissolved in solvent that delivers the fabric in its liquid form. To create the fabric, aerosol cans or spray-guns are used. When the sprayed liquid touches the surface and dries, the fibers adhere to one another as the solvent evaporates. The process creates a thin layer of fabric that can be peeled off. The result is an instant snug-fitting garment that can be molded or tailored to meet the needs of the user.
The technology has been developed for any use from fashion to healthcare
Just like existing fabric the material can be washed an re-worn but it can also be quickly transformed into a new clothing item if the fibers are dissolved into the same solvent and re-sprayed again and again. Not just for clothes, the technology has household, industrial, personal and health care applications. “As a non-woven material, Spray-on Fabric offers possibilities for binding, lining, repairing, layering, covering and moulding in ways previously not imaginable…”
Photos: Caroline Prew/Imperial College London & Ian Cole © Fabrican Ltd
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