Crossing Design and Science

Fabrican Limited was formed in 2003, emerging from the research interests of its founder, Dr Manel Torres.  Manel’s research investigated novel ways to speed up the slow and laborious process of constructing garments for the fashion industry.  He imagined a material that would magically fit the body like a second skin, yet have the appearance of clothing.  With years of research and experimentation culminating in the realization of that concept in a sprayable fabric from an aerosol can, Fabrican was born.

Spray-on fabric was conceived as a product for the fashion industry.  However, the technology proved so versatile that demand was sparked from a great variety of industrial sectors.  Fabrican’s technology has seemingly limitless applications.  Initially based in labs at Imperial College London, Fabrican expanded and relocated 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 partners, utilizing the unique benefits of spray-on fabric technology to deliver innovative and personalized products.

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.


Published on 1 Jun 2012

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