The FASHION-ABLE project aims at providing the European fashion SMEs, namely those focused on innovation and customization, with technologies enabling flexible, eco-efficient production of personalised products.
The personalised products at the center of FASHION-ABLE are those wearable goods addressing complex personal needs of growing market niches of consumers and which today are not satisfied by mass-produced goods in terms of health-support and performances.
The technologies researched by FASHION-ABLE support the products creation at the following stages:
- conception & co-design of products (involving the consumer)
- sustainable manufacture.
The expected project results include: an User framework defining and quantifying of user needs; new services for Collaborative-Product Customization; new stretch-leather’s lean manufacturing processes and equipment; new 3D-spacer fabric’s flexible manufacturing process and machinery; new textile’s finishing operations and equipment; extended manufacturing order management structure and tools; Life-Cycle Analysis instruments; and inter-organisational Product Data Management tools.
Started in December 2011 the FASHION-ABLE, 30-months activities, shall implement and demonstrate in industrial contexts (and premises) the value of new technologies developed for three highly challenging target groups:
fashionable footwear for diabetic feet,
fashionable clothing for wheelchair users,
high-performing textile compression bandages.
The harmonized combination of these technologies will have a direct impact on health-support, comfort, safety and quality of life of the targeted consumers expected to account for significant shares of population, namely diabetics developing diabetic feet (30 million); physically disabled people requiring a wheelchair (5 million); and sufferers from acute periods of musculoskeletal disorders (40 million)
The FASHION-ABLE cross-sectorial approach has strong potential for further development beyond the currently considered applications. The results are expected to allow upgrades such as extensions and up-scaling of functional customisation with little effort. This shall enable production of goods with new functionalities as well as applications for personalised products relevant in highly demanding markets.