Spray-on clothes in a can could soon go on sale

275x250.jpg Boffins have created a cotton-based material which can be sprayed onto your body to create instant clothes, from t-shirts to trousers.

Fabrican -  literally a fabric in a can - is the result of researchers who have spent years with the aim of developing an instant, sprayable, non-woven fabric.

Spanish designer Dr Manel Torres - who worked with Imperial College London - says the resulting sprayed clothes can even be taken off, washed and worn again.

However, as the material is sprayed directly onto the body from an areosol, it means all resulting garments are skin-tight… and we don't know what happens to any stray hairs which get caught.
275x250.jpg The science behind Fabrican is a mixture of short fibers which are combined with polymers to bind them, and a solvent which delivers the fabric in liquid form.

As the spray makes contact with the body the mixture evaporates leaving the cotton fibres which are cross-linked to produce the garment.

A spokesperson for Fabrican said: "The product was developed through interdisciplinary research, linking the subjects of engineering, material science and design.

"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."

But Dr Torres doesn't think the product will be limited to fashion uses, he says he also expected it to be picked up by the medical industry where it could be used to make instant wound healing products, dressings and patches.
 
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