3D printed clothing materials could be created out of skin and bones, researchers say.
They’ve created a new material that could make clothing out of animals.
“We’re actually using a bone, and it’s from a dead animal,” said lead researcher Andrew Smith.
The materials are made from collagen, which is one of the building blocks of bone.
The researchers say the material could one day be used to make clothing for the elderly, children and others with skin problems, as well as medical applications.
“They are very soft and flexible,” Smith said.
“You can just stretch them out and you can put them in any kind of environment you want and they’ll just go right along.”
They’re just like the skin that they’re making.
They’re just going to bend and they’re going to deform.
Smith says he’s currently working on creating the material out of a single piece of bone, but he hopes to make it out of several different pieces of bone as the material ages.
“This is something that we have to be very careful about, because we can do this by simply using the material and just going along the lines of what we have now,” he said.
The team is currently looking at the material for the next few years, but hopes to be able to create more of it in the future.