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We are proud to share that Tamicare was nominated as Most innovative small company Finalist at ITMA Future Materials Award 2014, while our co-founder and CTO, Mr. Ehud Giloh, is nominated as Innovator of the year Finalist.
The Next Revolution in 3-D Printing: Disposable PantiesSusan Smith March 2012
Next year, Tamicare's 3-D printed feminine-hygiene product — absorbent padded underwear that can be thrown away after a single use — is expected to hit shelves in a leading pharmacy chain in Israel. Tamicare said it’s also in talks with a large U.S. company that may sell the women’s undergarments in America. The startup’s compression bandages, which will be sold by a British company, are also set to hit the market soon.
Companies across the North West of England are now making products using 3D printers.
[...] Tami and Udi Giloh from Manchester have developed a woven fabric which they claim they will be able to use to "print" a pair of knickers.
In what undergarment observers call a first, a 3D printer has produced a pair of lady's panties—in three seconds, no less. The day when you'll be able to walk into a store and, minutes later, walk out wearing a custom-made, 3D-printed suit is not far off, says one expert.
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.
Manchester firm Tamicare says its Cosyflex process, which it has been working on since 2001, uses 3D printing to create soft, breathable fabric.
As well as lingerie, the firm says its its technology is well suited to sportwear, and also compression bandages.
The firm started out using a 3d printing process to produce specialist underwear. But word has spread about their technology and it could soon be applied to a host of new uses, such as bandages and military uniforms.
תשכחו מחוט ומחט, כי בעוד כמה שנים יכול מאוד להיות שחלק נכבד מהארון שלכם יגיע ממדפסת. תעשיית ההדפסה בתלת מימד נוגסת גם בתחום הביגוד וליזמים ישראלים יש תפקיד משמעותי בייצור החדשני.
Cosyflex properties are so unique thus defining a category of its own. These include unmatched elongation, recovery, drape and feel and supreme barrier protection, topped with unlimited structures and the ability to integrate various ingredients during the built, layer by layer such as medicines, smart sensors, active chemicals and cosmetics.
Cosyflex is made on a patented machine featuring engravers on the web formers to form a fabric with as many layers as necessary. The line can take the product from the raw material to the finished product so there is no need for extra converting equipment. Because the material is made with a spray gun, there is no waste.
Cosyflex products are made directly from a combination of liquid latex and textile fibres using Tamicare’s unique forming process. Excess raw materials used in manufacturing process are immediately reclaimed into the machine and re-used. Cosyflex manufacturing is also said to require substantially lower energy in comparison to traditional conversion-based technologies.
The prize jewel at the centre of the Tamicare company is its proprietary production line machinery, which sprays fibres and polymers in a computerized manner to create stretchable, biodegradable fabric. The claim is that they are instantly creating finished products from raw materials and can offer mass production or on-demand production that will cater to immediate local needs. There are not many manufacturing applications with 3D printing that can claim high volumes, so this would be a major boon.
Tamicare claims their 3D-printed material is soft enough where it feels like woven fabric, which is due to the use of Cosyflex printing technology. 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.
... Not only did this allow the creation of a single item from start to finish in a single process, but by building up the material layer by layer it allows for the incorporation of all kinds of different materials and structures – sensors, circuits, strain gauges, piezo energy harvesters, graphene to add stiffness, the possibilities are endless.
A multi-million dollar agreement has just been signed between Tamicare and a major sportswear brand, and several other companies have expressed interest in the Cosyflex technology, which allows complex, multi-material garments to be printed in one piece, with no sewing or cutting required. With Cosyflex, even entire shoes can be printed in just a few steps.
The main advantage is the ability to produce finished goods from raw materials in one go,” Tamicare’s Shai Etzion says. “By that we allow cleaner and more efficient process, eliminating the need to cut and sew, dye and other treatments that standard textile production require... This, of course, allows for on-shore manufacturing, shortening (the) delivery cycle, reducing shipping costs and the associated global pollution of transportation.”