CosyFlex, the world’s first technology developed to 3D-print finished textile products, was singled out by the industry publication Innovation in Textile as one of the most promising technology solutions that will lead the market in 2014.

The unique CosyFlex fabric is the flagship product of Tamicare, a privately owned engineering company founded in 2001 in Manchester, UK, by the Israeli couple Tamar and Ehud Giloh.

Tamar Giloh previously told ISRAEL21c that she originally set out to devise a panty-and-pad solution for feminine hygiene, but soon realized there was much greater potential.

Eventually the Gilohs developed a unique three-dimensional printer that churns out Cosyflex from layered cellulose fibers and Vytex natural rubber latex on a moving surface. Thanks to 3D printing, it can be made into any kind of garment without sewing.

Because the patented fabric is unusually strong, flexible and absorbent – and very inexpensive to manufacture – Tamicare has been fielding partnership requests from many different industries around the world in sectors including fashion, medical hygiene, cosmetics and sportswear.

Licensing agreements with major brands are in the works, including one with an Israeli retailer that could make Israel the first country where CosyFlex underwear will be sold.

Giloh said the Innovation in Textile mention “is a significant validation” of CosyFlex from industry leaders in the global textile world regarding its potential capabilities. “Just as fabrics such as Lycra and Dacron, we act to create partnerships with leading manufactures to develop a variety of CosyFlex products in order to ease and improve the quality of life of millions of people over the world.”