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Fabrican is an instant spray-on fabric technology. The spray-on material is made from polymers and natural or synthetic fibres. The spray is delivered from a compressed air spray gun or aerosol can and dries instantly on contact with the air, creating a non-woven fabric that can be applied to many surfaces (including water).[1] The material is sterile[2] when it is dispensed from the spray gun or aerosol can.


It was invented by Dr. Manel Torres[3] while investigating ways to speed up conventional methods of constructing garments as part of his PhD research in Fashion at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. Dr. Torres founded Fabrican Ltd in 2003. The technology was further developed by Fabrican Ltd while based at Imperial College London.

Fabrican has been showcased at London Fashion Week 2010[4] as well as fashion shows in Milan[5] and Moscow[6] and at TED Talks.[7][8] The technology has been featured in the media by the BBC,[9][10] the Discovery Channel,[11] CBS News[12] and appeared in the film, Mr. Nobody, starring Jared Leto.

In 2014, in conformity with an organisational emphasis on developing biomedical applications, Fabrican occupied new laboratory facilities at the London Bioscience Innovation Centre.[13]

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  1. ^ Fabrican Ltd on the Discovery Channel
  2. ^ Fabrican's Medical Applications
  3. ^ "Designers create reusable spray-on clothes". TG Daily. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  4. ^ "Fabrican Spray On Fabric". Geeky Gadgets. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  5. ^ "Milano: Furniture Fair 2011 - Principia – Rooms and Substances of the Next Arts exhibition". Contessanally, Blogspot. Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  6. ^ "Fabrican Ltd, Moscow Design Week 2011". Alvaro Díaz, Vimeo. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
  7. ^ Spray-On Fabric: Manel Torres at TEDxImperialCollege
  8. ^ From fashion to technology - creating a new material: Manel Torres at TEDxVienna
  9. ^ "Spray-on clothing developed by designer and scientists". Neil Bowdler, BBC. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  10. ^ "An interview with a textiles engineer". The Imagineers, BBC. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  11. ^ "Fabrican Ltd on the Discovery Channel". fabricanltd, YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
  12. ^ "Fabrican Spray-On Fabric: Fashion Designer Wants To Spray On Your Shirt (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  13. ^ Fabrican’s innovative Spray-on Fabric

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