Saturday, September 18, 2010

Make Clothes Out of a Can With Spray-On Fabric

 Tight-fitting T-shirts and hipster jeans would get even snugger if you could just spray them on.

That idea just got a little less far-fetched. A liquid mixture developed by Imperial College London and a company called Fabrican lets you spray clothes directly onto your body, using aerosol technology.

After the spray dries, it creates a thin layer of fabric that can be peeled off, washed and reworn.

“When I first began this project I really wanted to make a futuristic, seamless, quick and comfortable material,” says Manel Torres, a Spanish fashion designer and academic visitor at Imperial College in a statement. Torres worked with Paul Luckham, a professor of particle technology at the Imperial College to create the material.

“In my quest to produce this kind of fabric, I ended up returning to the principles of the earliest textiles such as felt, which were also produced by taking fibers and finding a way of binding them together without having to weave or stitch them,” says Torres.

Clothes designed using the spray-on fabric will be shown at the Science in Style fashion show next week at Imperial College.

Spray-painting the body has been around for a while, and you can even get spray-on latex body paint (NSFW). And who can forget the amazing spray-on hair, a staple of Ronco infomercials in the 1980s? But these are illusions, tricks to deceive the eye. The spray-on fabric, in contrast, is lightweight and can be stored in your closet with other clothes.

The spray-on fabric consists of short fibers that are combined with polymers to bind them together and a solvent that delivers the fabric in liquid form. The solvent evaporates when the spray touches the surface.

The fabric is formed by cross-linking fibers, which cling to one another to create the garment, says Fabrican.



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  3. Gotta say that's pretty rad

    Cool blog bro

  4. That's so dope, I guess the clothes would always fit ;)

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  6. This looks like a cool idea.

  7. Like this stufff. but I can't help thinking it has a long way to go before being taken seriously.

  8. This reminds me of those spray on condoms that were in production a while back.

  9. Now who got the idea for something like that... and it seems like something could go wrong and it gets sprayed in the wrong spot or you have little fibers combined with your skin in places.. 0_0

  10. quite interesting, but i dont think ill be getting one of these