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Spray-on Fabric

Engineers of fashion develop new materials

Fabrican patented an instant, sprayable, non-woven fabric. Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, Fabric Fabrican Ltd 2007 Photographer Gene Kiegel.

Today, designers, research scientists and Spanish companies to produce fabrics made from carbon nanotubes, synthetic spider silk threads or even out of a spray. These new materials allow add to the aesthetics thermal, electronic, environmental and biomedical properties and cause a new textile and social revolution.
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Coco Chanel called the Spanish designer Paco Rabanne "The Fashion Engineer" after using the acetate and aluminum in his fashion creations in the sixties. The textile sector, like other business sectors in Spain, maintains a reluctance to invest in research and development however young fashion designers try to use their imagination to reach a name in the competitive market.

"Everything is moving around the lowest price on new developments the initial investment is usually expensive, so designers can not access to new material until they are marketed on a large scale and the price is affordable," states Carmen Jover, head of the research group in Fashion, Design and Manufacture of Aitex.

Technology experts are convinced that this revolution will generate an economic boom in the textile industry and the Spanish sector must invest in R&D if it wants to stay out of business. European aid programs such as  Horizon 2020 includes a line for creative industries from recyclable materials. 

A Spanish fashion designer has developed the world´s first spray-on clothing that can be worn, washed and worn again. Manel Torres joined forces with scientists at Imperial College London to invent the spray, which forms a seamless fabric on contact with the body. The technique created by Manel Torres garments allows snapshots that shoot directly on the body with an aerosol.

In 2000 Fabrican patented an instant, sprayable, non-woven fabric. From its base at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, Fabrican technology has captured the imagination of designers, industry and the public around the world. The technology has been developed for use in household, industrial, personal and healthcare, decorative and fashion applications using aerosol cans or spray-guns, and will soon be found in products available everywhere.

Torres took 15 minutes to spray a T-shirt onto a male model in a demonstration today, ahead of his spring/summer collection at the Science in Style fashion show in London next week.

The spray consists of short fibres that are mixed into a solvent, allowing it to be sprayed from a can or high-pressure spray gun. The fibres are mixed with polymers that bind them together to form a fabric. The texture of the fabric can be varied by using wool, linen or acrylic fibres.

Spanish fashion designer Manel Torres invented the world´s first clothes-spray



The fabric, which dries when it meets the skin, is very cold when it is sprayed on, a limitation that may frustrate hopes for spray-on trousers and other garments.

Torres teamed up with chemical engineer Paul Luckham to set up a spin-out company called Fabrican Ltd, which will explore other applications ranging from spray-on bandages, hygiene wipes and upholstery for cars and furniture.

"Concept fabric spray was conceived in principle within the field of fashion, but its potential is used for many applications, such as home cleaning, automotive and medicine. " Torres is confident his invention popularized because it is practical.

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