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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 15:30

3D printed underwear is at your disposal

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The future is here, ladies and gentlemen - a new pair of disposable underwear that can be 3D printed in just three seconds.

'Cosyflex' comes from a Manchester, UK-based husband-and-wife team from Israel, who have designed the stretchy, biodegradable fabric 3D printed using a variety of materials.

The pair said Cosyflex is used to print a hybrid fabric by mixing different polymers, such as natural latex, silicon, polyurethane and Teflon along with textile fibers such as cotton.

The resulting fabric is said to be very stretchable, comfortable and can even be printed in a variety of colors.

"We set out with a need to solve something and create a product, and then we realized we had developed a totally different and innovative technology," said Tamicare CEO Tamar Giloh.

"This is a multibillion-dollar market."

The process is a little different to 'traditional' 3D printing - the 'printer' uses a spray nozzle to create layers of natural rubber-latex polymers and cotton fibres to construct a pair of disposable underpants in less than three 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.

The Times of India reported that next year, Tamicare's 3D printed underwear is expected to hit shelves in a leading pharmacy chain in Israel. The company also said it's also in talks with a large US company that may sell the women's undergarments in America.

Since Giloh presented the fabric-printing technology at a textile-industry conference in Denver last month, the startup has received 30 inquiries from companies interested in using the printer, and Victoria's Secret were a potential customer.

Tamicare's official website is here.

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