Fabdesigns, Inc. Advanced Textile Manufacturing

Women in The Flat Knitting Industry

Is Technology the Great Equalizer?

  

We sit in 2018 and we’re hearing about gender gaps being significant in many industries; women falling out of STEM jobs at 45% higher rate than men; reports of bad behavior and discrimination by men being ignored by HR at major companies; women still being under paid as compared to men doing the same jobs, especially in technology, start-ups, and sports equipment companies.    

And it got me thinking – has anything changed since 1983? 

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Hot Topics

On-Demand Manufacturing

 Over the last few years, there has been a shift in the way new products are brought to market.  It seems more and more sales are moving on-line, leaving retailers holding dramatic amounts of unsold inventory.   Maybe fast fashion has run its course? 

On-Demand

Mass Customization

 Mass-customization in flat knitting has been around since the advent of computerized knitting machines in our industry.  It is profitable if it is done correctly and no two companies fit the same mass-customization model. 

Mass

Just Make Make Me A Prototype?

  

In creating flat knitted products, we are creating the fabric at the same time as our product.  Creating advanced textiles and 3D knitting is absolutely NOT like making sweaters. Even the knitting machines are not quite the same.



Prototype

$$$ on the Production Table?

How much money are you leaving on the Production table?  The answer may surprise you.

$$$$$$

Is 3D Knitting Worth It?

 Many people confuse 3D knitting with 3D printing. Knitting is additive manufacturing, but there are so many more variables. 

3D KNitting

Sustainability

We spend a lot of time developing products.  But in terms of sustainability, what's your exit strategy?

Exit Strategies?

The Most Expensive Words?

 Along with Moore’s rule, computers, and the machine parts they govern, have grown quicker, smaller, and more precise 

What's Expensive?

3D Shoes

Are there really big the differences in time and waste making shoe uppers in 3D?

3D shoes & $$$

Where are the Wearables?

 What happened to all that wearable tech apparel we were promised for the last several years?  

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3D Wearables?

 Mapping added strength, stretch, compression, and dimensionally stable regions, we knit each piece while also including wiring or conductive materials that are easily built into the fabric. digitally 

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What are Smart Materials?

How smart are Smart materials?   The words “Smart textiles”, “Smart Fabrics” or “Smart Materials” are as over used as “Wearable Tech” and include many categories.  


Smart

Learn Knitting Basics?

Are you ready for better design, better manufacturing, but you don't know where to go to get the know-how to control your knit products?


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Now Offering Knitting Seminars

Individual or group classes.   We offer 1 : 1 Q&A sessions on polymers, fibers, fabrics, and manufacturing systems.  Private classes also available.

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