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SDS-ONE APEX3

SDS-ONE APEX3

Supporting high-quality flat knitting simulations.

SHIMA SEIKI's SDS-ONE APEX3 can be used to design flat knitting patterns including structure patterns, intarsia patterns and jacquard patterns. It can also perform realistic simulation of yarn such as mohair yarn, slub yarn and shiny yarn, taking into account plating, number of thread take-ups and counts. It also improves production efficiency with a database of more than 1,000 structure patterns, which are linked with the KnitCAD software for SHIMA SEIKI knitting machines. SDS-ONE APEX3 offers comprehensive support for each stage in the flat knitting supply chain, from knit planning, pattern design and colorway evaluation to production and even sales promotion. It is an optimal design system for all types of knit production, for knit manufacturers, planning companies, OEM and ODM manufacturers, trade firms, yarn traders, interior designers and sundry manufacturers.

Planning

SDS-ONE APEX3 features design and colorway tools, as well as various other functions specialized in planning and design of apparel products. Their ease of use offers ultimate support for design work.

Yarn

Yarn

Yarns can be scanned-in to extract the yarn image to be used in realistic loop simulations. Brand new yarns can be developed as well, including twisted yarns, mélange yarns, space-dyed yarns and slub yarns.

original yarn

Yarn companies can design their own original yarns from scratch, and present a digital yarn collection to knit manufacturers and apparel companies. SHIMA SEIKI provides solutions for smooth production throughout the knit supply chain.

Illustrations

Illustrations

A full selection of brush types and line tools can be used for fashion drawings and hanger illustrations. Designs can be composited onto line drawings for simple evaluation of colorways and design variations.

Designing

Designing

A rich collection of design tools is available for effective support of design work for intarsia, jacquard and structure patterns.

Convert to Stitch

Convert to Stitch

Illustrations and photographs can be converted into stitches according to gauge. Taking into account the vertical to horizontal ratio of knitted loops, accurate evaluation can be made of the final product size.

Intarsia Pattern Check

Intarsia Pattern Check

Intarsia patterns can be checked beforehand to determine the number of required intarsia carriers.

Colorway

Colorway

Only a single sample is needed to develop a full range of high-quality colorway simulations that maintain the original sense of texture and material.

Colorway

Colors can be chosen from the color menu or Pantone library for evaluating colorways. Using the color measurement device, colors can be input directly from a color sample book. Also, with the automatic colorway function, colorways can be created automatically based on trend colors or photographic images.

Patternmaking

A full-featured apparel CAD system, SDS-ONE APEX3 features comprehensive patternmaking, grading and marking (PGM) functions for creating and editing patterns in all apparel applications. Patternmaking is also important for quality shaping and WHOLEGARMENT knitting.

Patternmaking

Patternmaking

Traditionally, the knitted silhouette is produced with fashioning frequency or by drawing a shape using programming software with graphic interface. However these methods took much experience and know-how because narrowing and widening required very fine adjustments. SDS-ONE APEX3's provides the ideal solution with its patternmaking software, allowing the freedom to produce high-quality shaped items and WHOLEGARMENT knitwear with new and unique silhouettes.

Fitting Simulation and Silhouette Evaluation

Fitting Simulation and Silhouette Evaluation

Patterns are used to perform simulated fitting, allowing evaluation of fitting in 3D. Fabric tension and pressure points can be shown as reference for product comfort and fit.

Knit Data Conversion

Knit Data Conversion

By inputting stitch density information, patterns can be converted to stitches. Curved lines for narrowing and widening can be derived automatically based on settings, allowing quick and efficient production.

Grading and Instruction Form Output

Grading and Instruction Form Output

Correct sizing by use of grading software yields an optimum silhouette for each product size. Features as line-check and automatic pitch calculation allow accurate grading to be performed easily.
Measurements and information for each part can be arranged and output for use in instruction forms.

Virtual Sampling

Photo-realistic simulations are used to evaluate designs before knitting an actual sample. Time and costs normally dedicated to sample making are minimized, while presentation quality is improved.

3D Item

3D Item

For basic items, 3D models can be created automatically from patterns based on size inputs.

Realtime 3D View

Realtime 3D View

Designs and colorways can be evaluated while checking the 3D image. When designs are edited on the pattern, the 3D model image is modified in realtime.

Loop Simulation

Loop Simulation

Realistic simulations of knitted fabrics are possible, even while taking into account yarn count and yarn ends. Plating and random patterns, even simulations of reverse-side of fabrics are possible, leading to a reduced number of samples.

Product Image

Product Image

Final product image can be created in 3D, allowing evaluation from all angles.

Virtual Sample Applications

Virtual Sample Applications

Simulated product images can be used for in-house evaluations or even meetings with customers and contractors. Time and costs associated with sample making is reduced, and quick response production is possible leading to early market exposure. Virtual sampling also generates knit programming data simultaneously, allowing smooth communication with production staff.

Virtual Sample

The resulting simulation can be composited with actual photographs.

Programming

Continuously evolving software offers strong support for quicker, easier programming for knit production. SHIMA SEIKI's knowhow is accumulated in package software, making programming easy especially for complex patterns such as WHOLEGARMENT.

Creating Knitting Data

Creating Knitting Data

Patterns are created automatically based on measurements. The patterns are furthermore converted into the correct number of stitches for increased efficiency. Pattern and design data created in the planning stage can be used as a basis for programming as well.

Visual Shaping

Visual Shaping

The user-friendly menu uses diagrams for easy recognition of knitting methods.

Automatic Yarn Carrier Setting

Automatic Yarn Carrier Setting

Automatic Yarn Carrier Setting software automatically allocates yarn feeders, allowing easy programming of complex intarsia patterns.

Knitting Assist

Knitting Assist

Unfavorable knitting conditions and programming errors are detected beforehand, reducing time spent in troubleshooting.

Knitting Viewer

Knitting Viewer

3D animation allows knitting conditions such as yarn and needle movement to be checked beforehand.

Loop Simulation

Loop Simulation

Knitting data is used to perform loop simulation, which is used to check the program prior to knitting.

Production

At the core of the Total Fashion System, SDS-ONE APEX3 provides an integrated workflow throughout the knit supply chain, from planning to production and even sales promotion. Programming data can be sent to various production machinery also manufactured by SHIMA SEIKI.

Production

Sales Promotion

2D and 3D virtual samples can be used on the retail floor to directly communicate to the customer and stir their purchasing desire.

Catalogues, Posters and POP Material

Catalogues, Posters and POP Material

SDS-ONE APEX3's powerful graphics capability can be used for producing various promotional items at the retail level, such as point-of-purchase (POP) displays. Such items offer a very effective means for reaching the consumer.
3D images can be animated and shown on a large vertical display monitor as virtual mannequins. There is no need for changing their clothes, and can contribute to pre-sale promotion of unreleased products.

Applications in e-Commerce

Applications in e-Commerce

When using the Internet as a marketing medium, time is usually spent waiting for the final product and photographing it. With virtual samples created on SDS®-ONE APEX3, high-quality images can be introduced to market at an early stage, providing smooth business without missing out on sales opportunities.

The Allure of New Knitwear

Products That Go Beyond Conventional Knitwear

Products That Go Beyond Conventional Knitwear

SDS-ONE APEX3 supports the production of knitwear that mimic woven items with weave-like designs and beautiful silhouettes, while maximizing the beneficial properties of knitwear.

Products Combining Different Materials

Products Combining Different Materials

Products for which sample making is considered difficult, such as those combining different materials, are easily handled by SDS-ONE APEX3's simulation capabilities.

Production of Composite Items

With the SIP series inkjet printing machine, the production of value-added knitwear is possible. SDS-ONE APEX3 can support product planning for such composite items through smooth integration of patterns and design. Special functions allow easy layout for matching design patterns among parts.

Production of Composite Items

Realistic simulations

Realistic simulations can be used as print designs. By printing a simulated embroidery design, the soft texture of the original knitted fabric will not be affected.

Design balance is taken into consideration based on each pattern size.

Arranging design motif according to product size

Design pattern does not match if used as is. Arranging design motif according to product size.

Product Image

Product Image

ISO9001 Certification ---SHIMA SEIKI has ISO9001 certification for Design and Manufacturing of Design Systems.

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