Flexible material for 3D printing hit the market earlier this year, allowing for objects like jelly shoes, but 3D-printed cloth-like material seemed like a bit of a pipe dream.
A Manchester, UK-based husband-and-wife team from Israel might just be about to change all that. Tamar Giloh of Tamicare has invented what she calls "Cosyflex" -- a stretchy, biodegradable fabric 3D printed using a variety of materials.
The process is a little different from what we have come to know as 3D printing. Rather than an extruder nozzle, the "printer" uses a spray nozzle to create layers of natural rubber-latex polymers and cotton fibers to construct a pair of disposable underpants in less than 3 seconds. The process is fully automated and can produce up to 10 million pairs of the underpants -- pitched at women who experience particularly heavy menstrual flow -- in a year. … Read more