Automated body measurement, personalised 3D-knitted shoes, customised fashion on demand: these futuristic scenarios are already a reality today. From 14 to 17 May 2019 at the trade show Texprocess in Frankfurt am Main, trade visitors will be able to gain insights into the practices of integrated textile production in four micro-factories.
Following the success of their micro-factory at the previous edition of Texprocess, the German Institutes of Textile and Fibre Research in Denkendorf (Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf – DITF) and partners from industry will once again be presenting a ‘Digital Textile Micro-Factory’. New this year: visitors will be able to experience three fully cross-linked production lines in action – one for apparel manufacture, one for 3D-knitted shoes and one for technical textiles for the motor-vehicle and furniture industries. In the first production line from the apparel and customised fashion segment 4.0, the digital doppelganger plays a pivotal role which provides an almost perfectly realistic virtual image of the customer. In addition, virtual reality-based applications facilitate simulations of physical fabric samples and examples of clothing and a whole new level of direct interaction with the customer along the entire production chain. The second production line demonstrates the manufacture of 3D-knitted uppers for shoes made to perfectly fit the customer’s measurements, while the third showcases the networked processing of technical textiles: the use of on-demand inkjet printing and ‘smart’ robot arms that sort cut textile items in a free-moving open shuttle.
Further highlights at the upcoming Texprocess will include the micro-factories ‘World of Digital Fashion’, which focuses on the customisation of apparel, and the ‘Smart Textiles Micro-Factory’, which will be producing a smart pillow that, with the aid of integrated LEDs, provides innovative possibilities for interaction. In addition, the micro-factory presented by Efka and Gemini showcases the production of a knitted garment that can be individually designed, as well as its assembly in a partially automated solution that is readily available today.
Micro-factories make it possible to produce even small, highly personalised orders in an economic way, on demand, quickly and locally. Unlike conventional outsourcing, the local production of apparel and textiles minimises both transport distances and energy consumption. These are just a few of many good reasons to see the micro-factories in action at the next Texprocess and to keep a close eye on this future-orientated topic.
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Press release: Texprocess: Clothing production in the future
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