These 3D Printed Panties Might Spark a Manufacturing Revolution
As we wrote in our latest roundup of 3D printing innovations: “we can’t quite wrap our heads around the idea that anyone needs 3D printed disposable underwear, but the thought of being able to print other items of clothing down the line is pretty cool.”
So yes, the English company Tamicare has come up with the technology to 3D print textiles, among them disposable underwear. Weird? Sure, but we got past it quick, ’cause the way they’re produced might revolutionize manufacturing as we know it. The 3D fabric printing system called Cosyflex (which is shown in this terribly blurry, yet incredibly interesting video) is a completely automated process that instantly creates fully finished textiles from raw materials with no cutting necessary and producing zero waste. It’s equipped for mass production—right now it’s able to produce 10 million biodegradable panties a year—and it’s also suited for on-demand production, a lot like the mind-blowing 3D printing concept the Clothing Printer. As we mentioned in our prior post, the panties only take three seconds to print. So yeah, this is pretty cool.
And we’re not the only ones who think so: it has been reported that national and international sports and fashion brands, including Victoria’s Secret (a company that’s no stranger to 3D printing), are in talks with Tamicare to collaborate on one level or another. Soon, your favorite clothing chains might be selling custom 3D printed panties, which takes the idea of “personal shopping” way beyond the next level.
Don’t worry though, the lush and lacy shelves of Victoria’s Secret won’t be totally replaced with this nude, high-waisted panty that leaves much to be desired in terms of looks and design. Cosyflex can seamlessly print everything from patterns to perforations and embossing to make each textile totally unique. The fabric itself is super stretchy, which makes it easy to work with, and so versatile that one sheet can be printed into multiple materials, patterns, and colors on one continuous sheet. So underwear is really a jumping off point—this manufacturing innovation has unlimited potential that should excite just about everyone, including us.
What’s peaking your interest in the 3D printing world? Any cool advancements we should know about? Tell us in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!