• Created by: Abigail
  • Created on: 16-05-15 11:44
  • computer-aided manufacture relies on the computer software to control CNC machines
  • these enable the automated production of textiles through fibres, yarns and fabrics
  • knitting machines and looms, fabric spreading, cutting machines, etc, all make use of CAM
  • the first true knitted sock was made in the 7th-9th century, although knit-like structures were known in Peru around 1100BC
  • remained the chief method for making footwear


  • is the only method for producing shapes, fully-fashioned textile goods
  • has remained a very labour-intensive process
  • in the 1990s however, Shima Seiki fully automatic seamless glove knitting machines were developed using weft-knit technology
  • could shape entire gloves with closed fingertips  and requires no post-stitching of the finger tubes
  • this enabled the development of WholeGarment technology in which an entire sweater could be knitted without any sewing or linking
  • eliminates cut loss and waste
  • lowers material costs per item
  • reduces material consumption making it more environmentally friendly
  • eliminates bulk
  • an advancement of WholeGarment technology was the introduction of FIRST (Fully fashiooned, Intarsia, Rib transfer and Sinker) machines which provide increased pattern capability like flared skirts
  • allows for…


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