Development of new technologies for the flexible and eco-efficient production of customized healthy clothing, footwear and orthotics for consumers with highly individualised needs

FASHION-ABLE project aims at providing the European innovative and customization-concerned SMEs with the technological means that will enable the agile and eco-efficient production of personalised products addressing the complex individualised needs of growing market niches out of the scope of mass-produced goods in terms of health and performance. FASHION-ABLE vision is to provide the innovative European SMEs concerned in customization with the technological means that will enable the conception, co-design and the sustainable manufacture of fully personalised products. The expected results of the project are: • a user framework defining and quantifying the relevant user attributes • new Collaborative Product Customization Services • new stretch-leather’s lean manufacturing processes and equipment • new 3D-spacer fabric’s flexible manufacturing process and machinery • new textile’s finishing operations and equipment; extended manufacturing order management structure and tools • Life-Cycle Analysis instruments; and interoperable Product Data Management tools. In particular, FASHION-ABLE action will implement and demonstrate in industrial contexts the new cross-sectoral technologies developed for three highly challenging target groups: fashionable footwear for diabetic feet, fashionable clothing for wheelchair users and high-performing textile compression bandages. The harmonized combination of developed technologies will have a direct impact on health, comfort, safety and quality of life of the targeted populations: diabetics developing diabetic feet (30 million); physically disabled people requiring a wheelchair (5 million); and sufferers from acute periods of musculoskeletal disorders (40 million) which prevalence increases with age and weight. Furthermore, our cross-sectoral approach will allow extending and up-scaling functional customisation with little effort to future unexpected functionalities as well as to be transferred to other products and high demanding markets.
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Duration: 36 months
Start date: 01-11-2011
End date: 31-10-2014
Number of participants: 14
Total budget - EC contribution: 4920155 Euro - 3578977 Euro
Call topic: High tech solutions in the production processes for customised green, safe and healthy consumer products (FoF.NMP.2011-4)
Instrument: Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)