Fabrican is the creator of © Spray-on fabric
Fabrican created and patented instant, © sprayable, non-woven © Spray-on fabric. Based in London, at the London Bioscience Innovation Centre, 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/apparel available everywhere.
Cheese, insulation, hair - a lot of surprising things can come out of spray cans. Now we can add clothing to that list. The British company Fabrican has developed a way to bond and liquefy fibres so that textiles can be sprayed out of a can or spray gun straight onto a body or dress form. The solvent then evaporates, and the fibres bond, forming a snug-fitting garment. Not just for clothes, the technology has household, industrial, personal and health care applications. Time Magazine: The 6th Best Invention of 2010
Fran Scott from the BBC series ‘The Imagineers’ describes how Dr Manel Torres from Imperial College in London invented Fabrican – a fabric that is sprayed from a can. He is seen spraying some onto the arms of a fashion model. A can of silly string was his inspiration for this product. The fabric is sterile so can be used as a bandage. It can be made to set hard and so could also be used as a cast for broken bones. But perhaps most amazingly, the fabric absorbs oil, and so could be used to clean up after oil tanker disasters, which can cause catastrophic environmental damage. BBC The Imagineers: Inventing future fabrics