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We provide design and engineering consulting and prototyping on a project basis, for 2D and 3D structures, using knitting as additive manufacturing. We specialize in highly technical textiles, complex apparel, and footwear, developing knitted graphics, assembly methods, and engineering proprietary materials that help differentiate their products. We build more streamlined processes from design to production and use state-of-the-art skills to define, conceptualize, program, prototype, and scale with as little waste as possible.
Fabdesigns Consults on and Develops:
At Fabdesigns, we hold 5 Day Knitwear Design Foundation Workshops which teach design thinking strategy, fibers, yarns, stitch technology, the efficiency of manufacturing, machine operations, programming basics, and much more, as well as half-Day Private Project Seminars and Specialized Training. Contact us for dates and fees.
Besides knitting, we consult online, in-house, and on-site, on a project basis, temp, on contracts, and remotely, filling the gaps with critical expert skill sets that are in high demand and short supply.
Fabdesigns' Mission: With less than 14% of textiles recycled, and more than 15 million tons of used textile waste choking landfills in the US each year, our planet can no longer wait. Fabdesigns empowers brands to revolutionize industries with extraordinarily lightweight, sustainable, and multifunctional products, developing and scaling 3D products with nearly zero waste, and using recycled materials to create products with easy assembly; no cutting, minimal sewing, and nearly zero waste.
Fabdesigns' Vision: The future of manufacturing is closing the recycling loop and accurately meeting consumer preferences by making just what is needed. Digital control of materials, processes, and the manufacturing environment by leveraging technology and stocking only raw material strands that can be combined in an exponential number of product configurations creates an agile production environment where there is no need to produce an excess inventory of products.
Who wants to spend 5 to 10 years learning machinery and millions of dollars on equipment only to find they have been listening to the wrong people, have the wrong equipment, and after all that time, basic sweater WYSIWYG makes basic sweaters and not shoes, bags, or technical textiles?
Fabdesigns, Inc. is a world-class team of multi-disciplined textile engineers, with over three decades of experience in providing consulting, advanced knitted textile engineering, and project development. Clients utilize Fabdesigns’ studio as a skunkworks-type sandbox for developing market-changing products that reduce waste, improve margins, build long-term product portfolio pipelines, and change how people think - and ALL is done confidentially. Fabdesigns’ inventions over the last decade have created a renaissance in 3D knitting, reduced carbon footprints exponentially, and created an explosion in international sales of flat knitting, circular knitting, warp knitting, finishing, and support equipment for footwear, automotive, sporting goods, aerospace, automotive, and other industries. Fabdesigns has put exponential revenue in our clients' pockets and kept every project confidential.
These best practices of Fabdesigns (depending on the product, materials, machine age, maintenance, and knitter experience) create significant and measurable advantages to clients:
· by integrating structure, function, and additional characteristics into the same panel or component, with nearly zero waste.
· incorporate trade secret methods, our own code shortcuts, techniques, and processes that save 25% to 50% of manufacturing time over machine builder’s WYSIWYG standard off-the-shelf programming methods. Less production time translates exponentially in potential production capacity, labor savings, reduced floor space, and other operations cost reductions in our post-development production.
· save up to 65% of raw materials, which are cut away and wasted in a traditional cut and sew production process.· require minimal assembly and are repeatable and consistent assembly methods with fewer opportunities for human error.
· Fabdesigns’ interactive development process fast tracks each client's timeline from idea to tangible proof of concept and shortens the learning curve for building most clients' post-development manufacturing platforms, through highly hands-on methods, during prototyping and exposing each client to Fabdesigns processes, insights, and best practices including code, short cuts, and processes for manufacturing, our in-house programming expertise and techniques.