Nextwave providing tools and knowledge to leverage microfactory advantages
Calling itself to be the first of its kind in the industry, Nextwave is the lead product integrator for the on- demand apparel microfactory. The company offers full- product solutions and demonstrations of the microfactory. It has partnered with EFI Optitex, EFI Fiery System, EFI Reggiani, Zund, and Klieverik. EFI Optitex 2D and 3D solutions allow preparation of designs and pattern making. In the next step, preparation of printing data, EFI Fiery converts design into printing data to be sent to digital printer. EFI Reggiani printing solutions offers digital printing process with full range of water based inks. It can print 500 garments/ hour. Afterwards, the roll of fabric is heated on Klieverik heat press to permanently transfer design on fabric through sublimation process. Then, fabric is passed on to Zund digital cutter which intelligently cuts nested pieces. This cutter has modular design and adapts to any fabric, thus eliminating manual cutting. As cut pieces come out, these are clamped to the state- of-theart Eton UPS which automatically delivers cut pieces to the next operation. For sewing, Henderson sewing machines are implemented. Not only this, Nextwave provides its services as personal consultant for ondemand manufacturing, and it also has a running apparel microfactory in Atlanta, USA. Its fully functional solution allows customers and designers to run small sample runs or scale to production.
2 Kornit Digital Allegro directly prints on the fabric using no water at all 3
5 Henderson Sewing Machine designed Gantry Robotic Sewing Station were available for sewing
4 ‘Gerbie’ Omron robot powered by Henderson Sewing Machine transports cut panels to sewing section
6 The final product (a cushion in this case) is ready
Gerber Z1 single-ply cutter with ContourVision cuts fabric panels
1 Gerber’s Accumark 3D is used to create designs and marker files