KARL MAYER launches new website
Since 01.02.2019 the new website www.Textile-Makerspace.com
is online. With Textile Makerspace, KARL MAYER presents a
platform for innovative, textile applications that have been
developed using state-of-the-art technologies - keyword 3D
Printing, Smart Textiles, Wearables & Co.
KARL MAYER is stepping up its activities in synergistically
linking the textile sector with new technologies, and has
launched a new platform, which can be found at
www.Textile-Makerspace.com. The aim of TEXTILE MAKERSPACE is to
bring together innovations from both areas. In this case, with
its specialist expertise and networks, KARL MAYER sees itself as
an intermediary and instigator. “The TEXTILE MAKERSPACE should
make space for trying things out, for developing, and for
innovative thinking - in the textile industry as a whole, but
also in other sectors. In this case, the main focus is on
exchange and interaction. We want to make contact, exchange
knowledge and use synergies – in other words, we want to build
our own community,” says Michael Kieren, one of the initiators
of TEXTILE MAKERSPACE. The aim is to come up with new
developments, some of which have already been set in motion.
Smart textiles, wearables and 3D-printed garments have already
been at the focus of trade fairs and other events for some time
now. KARL MAYER started development work in this field last year
with TEXTILE CIRCUIT.
Starting with electrically
TEXTILE CIRCUIT is the first topic to be covered by TEXTILE
MAKERSPACE. It demonstrates the possibilities of incorporating
electrically conductive yarns into warp-knitted textiles
directly on the machine. Functional elements, such as sensors,
conductors and coils, can be incorporated very easily, without
any additional production steps or compromising the textile
characteristics. This has led, for example, to the development
of comfortable cuffs for controlling robots and textile charging
stations for inductively charging smartphones. Michael Kieren,
together with the Product Manager, Sophia Krinner, presented
these types of systems for the first time at the specialist
IDTechEx Show! in California, USA, in November 2018. The
products being shown generated a great deal of interest. Michael
Kieren sees a particular potential here for sportswear brands.
The TEXTILE CIRCUIT and TEXTILE MAKERSPACE were also the topic
of many conversations held at the leading trade fair for the
sports sector, ISPO, which was held in February 2019 in Munich.
The next topic – 3D printing
The subject of additive manufacturing is on the agenda for
the next stage of the TEXTILE MAKERSPACE platform. The aim is to
combine the possibilities offered by 3D printing with textile
technology – in order to design and functionalise textiles
individually. The impetus for bringing together new and
traditional production disciplines at KARL MAYER was a workshop
entitled, “Additive Manufacturing for the Textile Industry”. The
event was held on 11 January 2018 at the company’s headquarters
in Obertshausen. The concept was a great success. Another event
will be held on 13 May 2019, the day before the Techtextil
exhibition opens. One of the topics will be TEXTILE MAKERSPACE.
Other promotional events for the platform are the next
Techtextil fair in Frankfurt, but especially ITMA, which is
scheduled to take place from 20 to 26 June 2019 in Barcelona.