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The Fashion Micro-Factory comes of Age at FESPA's Print Make Wear

by Debbie McKeegan | 07/05/2019
The Fashion Micro-Factory comes of Age at FESPA's Print Make Wear

Print Make Wear, a live Micro-factory for customised, Roll-to-roll textile production and Garment manufacturing makes its debut at the Global Expo 2019 in Munich, May 14th – 17th.

Twice the size of last years exhibit, this years showcase will feature two live automated fashion workflows alongside a dedicated area for DTG and garment decoration. Taking the visitor on a journey through the manufacturing cycle of garment, whilst utilising direct digital manufacturing for both Cotton and Polyester fabrics.
 
Caption: Print Make Wear will take the visitor through the actual physical process of making Textile products quickly in an environment, and age, where space, utilities and natural resources are at a premium. Credit: FESPA - Print Make Wear. 

Driven by digital technology, software, and digital print machinery, the showcase will explain why the micro-factory offers a flexible, efficient and sustainable route that delivers viable manufacturing. In an age where customisation and personalisation are the essential mantras for the Millennial production culture.
 
Print Make Wear, roll-to-roll, will feature the latest software products from the Adobe Creative Suite, EFI – Optitex will showcase the EFI Fiery Design Pro, alongside their pattern design, marker making and 3D Avatar software. Gemini Cad Systems will demonstrate their suite of software for Product Design and Decoration, pattern grading, nesting and marker making for customised garment manufacturing and Lazer cutting. Digital print technology and colour managements from EFI, and Mimaki utilising pigment inks and with HP showcasing dye sublimation and colour management, alongside heat setting equipment from Klieverik. Textiles supplied by Premier Digital Textiles, and sewing by Fashion Capital utilising machinery from Eastman.

Caption: Print Make Wear, a window into an age where customisation and personalisation are the essential mantras for Millennial manufacturing. Credit: FESPA - Print Make Wear. 

All brought together in a truly integrated workflow in one production space, demonstrating the speed and versatility available to businesses considering an investment into automated manufacturing.
 
Inspired by Nature and powered by Print! The theme of this years printed collections will feature designs from the Elements Collection: Earth, Fire, Water, Wood and Air, created by Jasper Goodall. Our Retail rails will demonstrate the versatility of customised manufacture with a series of garments custom made during the event, also on display are reactive prints from House of U, printed using reactive inks on wide selection of fashion fabrics including a number of eco-friendly, sustainable textiles. The showcase has been sourced, styled and curated by Debbie McKeegan, Textile designer and Digital print expert, who will also be the events presenter and expert host.
 
Print Make Wear, DTG and Garment decoration, will feature three workflows, Direct to Digital alongside automated and manual screen printing presses. All will utilise sustainably sourced garments in organic cotton.
 
Digital Design from Ricoh, Pre-treatment from Schulze with drying from Stahls, Digital garment printing technology from Ricoh, Drying from Chiossi e Cavazzuti, folding and packing from Thermotron. Showcasing an automated workflow utilising Magna separations and water based special effect inks, Automatic screen press from MHM, tunnel drying from Tesoma with screen reclamation from Easiway. For manual screen printing, Grafco provide Colour separation, Film Positive printing, and water-based inks from Grafco, manual printing and drying from Vastex, to folding and drying from Thermotron. The expert host and industry expert to guide you through the DTG workflow is Angelo Barzaghi.

Caption: The landscape of manufacturing has changed forever, consumers now demand incredible speed of delivery and design diversity alongside sustainable manufacturing process. Credit: FESPA - Print Make Wear. ​
 

Join us for an exciting series of live demonstrations, panel discussions, and catwalks. Mingle with the experts and learn first-hand in a live production environment alongside numerous industry experts, on hand to answer your questions and inspire.
Print Make Wear will take the visitor through the actual physical process of making Textile Products quickly in an environment, and age, where space, utilities and natural resources are at a premium.
 
The landscape of manufacturing has changed forever, consumers now demand incredible speed of delivery and design diversity alongside sustainable manufacturing process. How we manage our production processes must now be realigned. Utilising AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality) alongside specialist software and automated digital manufacturing equipment is now common practice, in part, if not end-to-end for many businesses.
 
However, we must remember that we are witnessing a systemic reform of the textile manufacturing supply chain and an age of digital disruption. The products on display in Print Make Wear give an inspiring insight into the production workflow, and offer a window into customised, just-in-time manufacturing.  
 
Welcome to the era of Industry 4.0, where a new generation of technology meets the demands of a new generation of consumers by working together to deliver Millennial Manufacturing.
 
FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 is Europe’s largest speciality print exhibition for screen and digital wide format print, textile printing and signage solutions. Visit Print Make Wear. Please use promo code FESG902 to register for free.

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