Engineers go couture with spray-on fabric

Engineers go couture with spray-on fabric

Summary: Looking for something cutting-edge to wear but Lady Gaga's meat dress a bit too outrageous? Then how about a new liquid material that could be literally sprayed directly onto your body, transforming into fabric on contact? It's now possible, thanks to engineers at Imperial College London.

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Looking for something cutting-edge to wear but Lady Gaga's meat dress a bit too outrageous? Then how about a new liquid material that could be literally sprayed directly onto your body, transforming into fabric on contact? It's now possible, thanks to engineers at Imperial College London.

New Scientist reports of the new liquid  that's made up of cotton fibers, polymers and a solvent that becomes a fabric when sprayed.  The fabric is formed by the cross-linking of fibers which adhere to create an instant non-woven fabric. It can be applied in layers either by a spray gun or an aerosol can to create a garment of your desired thickness. It can also be washed and worn again like conventional fabrics (see video below for a demonstration).

According to Fabrican, the company holding the patent to the instant, sprayable fabric, the technology is opening up "new vistas" beyond fashion, such as spray-on bandages . "It's a sterilised material coming from an aerosol can, and you can add drugs to it to help a wound heal faster," says Dr. Manel Torres, from the Royal College of Art.

Torres developed the material with help from Paul Luckham, a particle engineer at imperial College London.

A fashion show at Imperial will be held on Monday, where the first couture collection created with the material will be on the catwalk.

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  • No thanks

    A tad too revealing, at least for me. Now if some nice young ladies chose to dress like that, maybe, just maybe I could tolerate it - as I rear end the car in front of me or smack my head into a sign post while looking the "wrong way". Got any pictures?
    Economister
    • Funny but true

      @Economister Unfortunately, the people who are most inclined to like this, are the people who should not be using it.

      Just picture yourself at a local mall during a busy day .... then imagine most people using spray-on fabric. Not a pretty mental picture.
      wackoae
      • Man you spoiled my mood

        @wackoae

        My original post really got me going and now all I can see are rolls of fat drooping and sagging.

        You are right, not a pretty picture. ;-)
        Economister
    • RE: Engineers go couture with spray-on fabric

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  • RE: Engineers go couture with spray-on fabric

    Tighty whiteys now have a newer meaning.
    MoeFugger
  • And then it starts to rain

    I have to see it when people wear that and it starts to rain (assuming rain dissolves it).
    Daniel Breslauer
    • RE: Engineers go couture with spray-on fabric

      @Daniel Breslauer
      I guess the fact that "It can be washed and worn again like conventional fabrics," causes you to assume this.
      herrgott073
  • I remember reading about this....

    ...in a science fiction book written in the '60's.
    Geedavey
  • RE: Engineers go couture with spray-on fabric

    might have applications in hazardous environments - spray on a one piece protective suite to be worn under a chem suit.

    Change the material and you might have something really useful in treating severe burns for transport to a hospital. Spray on a layer to prevent infections / cool down the tissue...

    lots and lots of applications for this technology.
    woot!
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