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Cosyflex is claimed to be the world’s first ever technology able to 3D print complete textile products. It may be used to print limitless material variations with any combination of patterns, embossing or perforations on one sheet of fabric. It takes seconds to produce a finished design with a possibility to integrate various extra wearables within the fabric itself.

Tamicare’s production line is capable of some serious production, as Tamar Giloh, Tamicare’s founder and CEO describes: “Instead of creating items one at a time, Cosyflex enables high-volume high-density production from a small footprint at costs far below traditional manufacturing processes.”

The really exciting thing about Cosyflex though is the possible component versatility. The production process allows for integration of various materials directly into the fabric. Multicoloured, natural or synthetic textiles, it is limited only by a designer’s imagination.

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Tamicare has been also researching the potential of graphene integration into its production system. If that proves feasible, it will indeed make the prospect of smart clothes very accessible. Nevertheless, regular wiring can be placed in the fabric even now. Should you decide to add circuits, sensors and other elements into your design, it would only take a few extra steps in the manufacturing process. No additions after the fabric has been made, no sewing involved. It would be all there from the start.

In addition, unlike in the conventional manufacturing lines, Tamicare is extremely efficient in terms of material waste and production complexity. It is simply far more environmentally friendly and cost-effective. According to Ehud Giloh, Tamicare’s CTO: “Sports shoes can require over a hundred individual operations during manufacturing, but Cosyflex reduces this to three.”

It has been a really long road for Tamicare. They received their technology patent already back in 2005 and since then have been developing their textile printing system. After a decade, Cosyflex is moving into mass production. A production line is capable of manufacturing three million units a year, with almost completely no waste whatsoever.

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You may take a peek at a piece of Cosyflex undergoing various forms of manual torture in their YouTube video. It looks comfortably stretchy, which may come in handy after a big family dinner, but it remains to be seen whether it is actually pleasant to wear on daily basis.

Sources: TamiCare, Innovation Textiles

Bartosz Kuczyński
Translator, lecturer and creator of didactic games in company Luderis. Increased a potential of 3D printers in 2012.

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