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

Summary
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.
More information
Web resources: http://www.fashionable-project.eu
https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/101384/factsheet/en
Start date: 01-11-2011
End date: 31-10-2014
Total budget - Public funding: 4 920 155,00 Euro - 3 578 977,00 Euro
Call topic: High tech solutions in the production processes for customised green, safe and healthy consumer products (FoF.NMP.2011-4)
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Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as S...

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Economic sustainability
Flexibility

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Manufacturing the products of the future Novel materials Complex structures, geometries and scale
Customised products Resource efficient, sustainable products Domain 2: Adaptive and smart manufacturing systems

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Advanced manufacturing processes Innovative physical, chemical and physicochemical processes Mechatronics Intelligent machinery components, actuators and end-effectors Advanced materials in manufacturing systems
Information and communication technologies ICT solutions for modelling and simulation tools CAE models interoperability to allow fast and complete compl... System modelling, simulation and forecasting Virtual models spanning all levels of the factory life and i...

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Manufacturing strategies
From User-centric design to user well-being design