Fabrican cans
Spray-on fabric aerosol cans 2012 © Photographer Miguel Sobreira

Fabrican

Fabrican aims to make life more convenient, healthier and fun with its unique spray-on fabric

Our technology can be used across many industries, positively impacting the lives of millions of people, as well as the environment.

From Spray-on clothes, to Spray-on medical patches, to Spray-on hygiene wipes, to Spray-on air fresheners (plus many more uses!), Fabrican is developing products with real benefits.

Fabrican Ltd. is a company exploring inter-disciplinary research which links the subjects of science and design.

Our team is dedicated to meeting the needs of consumers with creative ideas and innovative products, through the development of new applications for © Spray-on fabric technology.

Our unique concepts are informing major worldwide manufacturers of the huge potential which exists. Added to this is an enormously successful branded product range; Fabrican covers all options.

Fabrican is a member of the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association.

© Fabrican Ltd 2007 Photographer Gene Kiegel.
© Fabrican Ltd 2007 Photographer Gene Kiegel.

History

Dr Manel Torres founded Fabrican in 2003 as a result of his research interest, crossing the disciplines of science and design.  Aware of the slow process of constructing garments from his background in fashion, Manel investigated novel ways to speed up this process. He imagined a material that would almost magically fit the body like a second skin and at the same time have the appearance of clothing.  With the realization of that concept in a sprayable fabric from an aerosol can, Fabrican was born.

The original concept was to utilise © Spray-on fabric in the fashion industry.  However, the technology proved so versatile that industry demand brought its potential to life in many market sectors.  Initially based in labs at Imperial College London, Fabrican moved to the London Bioscience Innovation Centre.

Fabrican is focused on research and development of its © Spray-on fabric to bring its revolutionary properties and application technique to new market sectors.  As a technology innovation company, Fabrican's mission is to develop products or manufacturing processes, in collaboration with industry-leading partners, enabling them to capitalise on the unique benefits of Spray-on fabric technology for industrial or domestic applications.

TED Vienna

Published on 9 Dec 2013

Dr. Manel Torres BA (Hons), MA (RCA), Ph.D (RCA), is the inventor of the spray-on fabric technology. He is the founder and Managing Director of Fabrican Ltd and is the first fashion designer to create an instant dress. His eclectic background and experience allows him to divide his time between being an academic visitor at the world-renowned Imperial College London, and continuing his career as a talented designer. Manel is a consultant to various areas of the fashion and scientific industries, and lectures across Europe and internationally.

TED Imperial College

Published on 26 Apr 2012

Fabrican is an instant fabric dispensed from an aerosol or spray gun. It forms a non woven material as soon as it comes into contact with a solid surface, including human skin. Manel Torres is developing spray-on Fabric as a multi-functional product which is simple and easy to use. The possible applications are limited only by the imagination of the users.

TED LSE

Published on 1 Jun 2012

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Technology

Fabrican Ltd Technology

Since 2003, Fabrican has offered a new approach to the application of fabrics throughout our everyday lives. © Spray-on fabric is a patented technology developed by Fabrican which involves the creation of a liquid suspension which is then sprayed by use of either a spray gun or an aerosol can. The fabric is formed by the cross-linking of fibres which adhere to create an instant non-woven fabric that can be easily sprayed on to any surface. Its properties can be tailored to meet the needs of the consumer. Intricate patterns can be created, in a number of colours leading to an aesthetically pleasing fabric. With our prototypes we have been able to use different types of fibres from natural to synthetic, including keratin fibres such as wool and mohair, cotton, nylon, cellulose, and carbon nanofibres. The Spray-on technology permits the incorporation of scents and colours (from primary to fluorescent), providing great flexibility for modern consumer and industrial needs.

The product was developed through interdisciplinary research, linking the subjects of engineering, material science and design. The commercial development of robust prototypes is underway, potentially licensing the technology to industry within a number of identified commercial sectors.

Innovations in material science, such as smart fabrics incorporating nano-technology, Spray-on skin used by the medical and cosmetic industry, and the variety of substances able to be dispensed through today's aerosol technology, have informed and surrounded the development of © Spray-on Fabric. As a non-woven material, © Spray-on Fabric offers possibilities for binding, lining, repairing, layering, covering and moulding in ways previously not imaginable.

3D printing 2015 © Photographer Fabrican
3D printing 2015 © Photographer Fabrican
Instant Fabric for Discovery Channel 2013 © Photographer Fabrican
Instant Fabric for Discovery Channel 2013 © Photographer Fabrican
Fabrican Ltd 2015 © Photographer Fabrican
Fabrican Ltd 2015 © Photographer Fabrican

Green Commitment

Fabrican’s ethos is to provide industry with production processes that reduce environmental impacts.  Fabrican technology compresses the production chain, making it more efficient, and reducing its carbon footprint.  Working with greener, non-volatile organic compounds, Fabrican’s spray-on fabric technology uses no ozone-depleting substances.  Fabrican primarily uses recycled fibres, and can also utilise biodegradable fibres and binders.

Consumers can purchase goods made with Fabrican in the knowledge that spray-on fabric technology supports each element of the repair, reuse, recycle philosophy:

  • Spray-on coatings can be used to repair and refresh damaged or worn materials in the home, extending product life.
  • With suitable production facilities (to capture and re-condense solvents), manufacturers can re-use all components of Fabrican, liquid and solid, reducing consumption of raw materials, energy demand, and waste.
  • The chemistry that creates solid materials from a liquid suspension means that at the end of their useful life, sprayed fabrics can be re-dissolved and sprayed anew.

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