The FASHION-ABLE research focuses on technologies for:

  • conception & co-design of products (involving the consumer)
  • sustainable manufacture.

About two thirds of the project lifetime will be dedicated to enabling direct links between the consumers/ medical technicians computers and the software used by manufacturer (software such as CAD-PDM-CAM-LCA)

  • Linking people’s PC with the manufacturing company’s
  • design software (CAD-PDM-CAM-LCA)
  • anthropometrics and biomechanics have a high influence in the body-product interaction

Between the second half of 2012 and end of 2013 the project team will focus on how to move from conception & co-designing of customized products to actual manufacturing process, FASHION-ABLE turns to:

  • Development of interoperable, advanced PDM (Product Data Management) functions for configurable products.
  • Development of an automatic method to adjust the product dimensions to atypical individual shapes and postures.
  • Adaptation of the manufacturing (workflow and tools) to on-demand production

Development of innovative LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) instruments for addressed processes and products

By end of 2013 research on new flexible manufacturing processes and machines shall be completed and address:

  • manufacturing of spacer fabrics
  • manufacturing of stretch leather/textiles
  • flexible multi-finishing processes and cells for innovative treatments of textiles/leather and finished products
  • advanced CAM functions to integrate the new high tech manufacturing solutions with the Product Development Software project
Flexible production

Development of new flexible manufacturing processes and machines for:

  • spacer fabrics, stretch leather/textiles
  • Allow treatments of fabrics and finished products
  • Exploit advanced CAM functions integrating high-tech manufacturing solutions with the Product Development Systems

A pilot plant for production of leather/textile products with variable physical properties based on products specifications will be set up and tested in Italy by 2014.

A pilot plan

Integrating technologies developed and producing prototypes