Innovations in the bra cup molding processes

Kit Lun Yick, S. P. Ng, L. Wu

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6 Citations (Scopus)


There is an consistent large demand for seamless molded bras, representing almost 80-90% of the overall bra market. Not only does a smoothly molded cup surface have a natural configuration under an outer garment, but the significance also lies in the fact that molded bras provide unlimited designs with different levels of softness and support. However, the design of mold heads and the manufacturing processes of bra molding are highly complex. They involve many kinds of cushioning and support materials to be molded together with innovative technologies. Essentially, a scientific method is needed to characterize and evaluate the three-dimensional geometry of molded cups. The optimization of the molding process parameters in relation to the large range of cup sizes and new advances in molding materials is also a longstanding problem in controlling the efficiency of the process and product quality. This chapter provides detailed information about advances in the bra cup molding process in intimate apparel manufacturing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Women's Intimate Apparel Technology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781782423690
ISBN (Print)9781782423904
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2016


  • Bra cup molding
  • Cup shape evaluation
  • Mold head design
  • Molding process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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