Engineers will now give you a chance to save the oceans while swimming! They have created a 3D-printed bikini that could clean the ocean while swimming. The engineers used reusable Sponge to develop the bikini.
While providing details about the eco-friendly bikini, the University of California reported that heated sucrose was used to make Sponge. It absorbs contaminants while you swim, the university said.
Mihri Ozkan, creator of the bikini and a professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, said, “This is a super material that is not harmful to the environment and very cost effective to produce”. Ozkan was helped by some fellow engineering professors to create the 3D printed bikini.
According to the engineers, the material has nano-scale structure which will allow it to absorb up to 25 times its own weight in contaminants. It absorbs contaminants and does not release them until it is heated at a scorching 1,000 degrees Celsius temperature, the engineers added.
They also said that the absorbed materials do not harm the skin of the wearer as the contaminants get trapped in the inner pores. One more interesting thing about the material is that it can be used about 20 times before recycled.
The eco-friendly, economically sustainable material won the first prize in the Reshape 2015 international design competition. The developers also said that the bikini was designed with an aim to convert swimming experience to save environment. The development of the bikini was started by the engineers about four years ago.