Polo-shirt produced on site within one hour

08.01.2020 - 11:52

TecCheck Area with digitally networked production line / Cooperation with German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research

For the first time, at TV TecStyle Visions 2020 (30 January to 1 February), the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research (DITF), in cooperation with long-term partners from industry, will give a live demonstration of the Digital Textile Micro Factory in the L-Bank Forum (Hall 1). The complete production of a polo-shirt along the entire production chain, from the 3D design to the finished product, will be experienced. The integrated showcase will highlight how technologies will change the individualisation and the production of batch size 1 in the area of workwear and printwear - important target markets of the leading European trade fair for textile finishing and promotion. Production structures can thus be strengthened on location, nearshoring networks made more efficient, and new business models based on digital technologies created.

Virtual Shopwindow to the Micro Factory

The starting point for the Digital Textile Micro Factory (Stand 1B80) will be the "3D Design Area", where creative designs will be produced using 3D simulation for the identification of orders for cutting and manufacture. The partners here are Assyst GmbH and the Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen (university). In the virtual shopwindow, the product designs can then be viewed and individually composed on location with the support of the Technische Hochschule Köln (Cologne Technical University). The multi-spectral colour communication by caddon printing & imaging GmbH will create the visual impression with exact measured values – pixel by pixel. In the next step, the designs created will be printed by means of sublimation printing by HP Deutschland GmbH on transfer paper. Thanks to the thermo-setting in the calender, carried out by system partner Multi-Plot, an optimum print result is ensured. The following cutting is recognised with camera support and the help of integrated position markers, so that the material can then be cut to size fully automatically. This step will use cutting systems from Zünd Systemtechnik AG. Finally, the individual components in the manufacture will be finalised on JUKI sewing machines provided by Konrad Busche GmbH & Co. KG, and brought together live to complete the finished products. The material is sponsored by Schoeller Textil AG. Guided tours through the Micro Factory will take place every day of the trade fair at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00.

In this fashion line, the DITF will demonstrate creativity, customer interaction, virtuality and networked production. The fashion industry is becoming more virtual, physical samples can be visualised for customers in the context of on-demand processes. Integration in a micro factory highlights new opportunities of digitalisation and direct customer involvement. New approaches combine the data from the 3D clothing simulation directly with virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), and integrate the data in the digital textile printing, cutting, colour management, down to manufacture. The micro factory provides opportunities for new business models, flexible and local production processes with small order quantities, as well as a quick route to tailor-made clothing that also takes into account current trends and customer requirements.

About the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research

From the molecule to the finished product and its market launch, the DITF carry out research and development along the entire textile value creation chain, at the same time also involving company processes and business models. Denkendorf is thus a worldwide unique location for innovations in the textile industry. The research centre, which was founded in 1921, employs approximately 300 people on an area of 25,000 square metres, making it Europe's largest textile research centre. The DITF implement interdisciplinary research and development projects in the areas of chemistry, materials science, process engineering, machine and plant construction, as well as management.

For many years, the DITF have been pioneers in setting up textile micro factories at trade fairs. Different showcases and product segments, long-term cooperations with renowned partners, as well as their own micro factory infrastructure that serves as a test environment for trade fairs and for future productions, make the DITF an experienced partner at TV TecStyle Visions. The trade fair provides an excellent platform for presenting topics such as individualisation, virtualisation and sustainability to designers and purchasers, as well as technology experts, for raising their awareness of micro factories, and for strengthening cooperation in the region.


TV_2020_PM_5_TecCheck Area_1: The Digital Textile Micro Factory shows trade fair visitors the production chains, from the 3D design to the finished product.

TV_2020_PM_5_TecCheck Area_2: The cutting is recognised with camera support and integrated position markers, so that the material can then be cut to size fully automatically.
Image credits: DITF

About EXPO 4.0 – Print.Produce.Promote.

EXPO 4.0 is the leading platform for visual communication and haptic advertising. The three trade fairs TV TecStyle Visions, WETEC and GiveADays showcase new products and innovations in the areas of textile finishing, advertising technology and promotion. In spring 2018, the trade fair combination recorded a total of 566 exhibitors from 28 countries and 13,700 specialist visitors from 41 countries.

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