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Hands-On Technical Textiles Knit Design and Programming Course

May 4 @ 8:00 am - May 7 @ 5:00 pm


This course introduces you to the design and programming of flat knitted 3D technical textiles, an emergent technology with broad applications, to produce products for niche applications. Each of the four training days will focus on a different type of Shima Seiki machine. Receive intensive training of design structures from the selection of materials, to the application technique, to prototype development.  Educate yourself and/or your employees in a hands-on course covering an array of Shima Seiki equipment.


  • $1395 per person
  • $1295 for additional registrants from same company

What you will learn:

  • The basic principles of 3D knit design
  • WHOLEGARMENT technology
  • Step-by-step icon programing
  • 3D construction techniques
  • Programming on Shima Seiki Apex
  • Virtual knitting to reduce prototyping time
  • Spacer structures
  • Split gauge knitting
  • Day 1 – SWG-N2 15 Gauge 10″ and 24″
    • The SWG-N2 series is capable of producing technical textiles such as accessories, industrial material, sports medicine devices and furniture
  • Day 2 SIR122 18 Gauge
    • The new SIR122 is the new global standard for shaped knitting, full-sinker system, takedown comb and yarn gripper and cutter
  • Day 3 SRY123LP 14 Gauge
    • Two loop presser beds improve on the stitch presser by controlling pressdown of individual loops. This presents unprecedented capability in technical knitting, especially with flechage and inlay patterns. New fabrics with woven effects offer great opportunities. Specialty yarns such as metallic and monofilament yarns can be knitted.
  • Day 4 MACH2XS WHOLEGARMENT 4 bed 8 Gauge and 15 Gauge
    • The MACH2XS is a 4-needlebed machine, permitting high quality knitting of complex fabrics and unprecedented capability in WHOLEGARMENT knitting. Flechage is especially easier to knit, allowing more control over neck drop amount. As the “MACH” name suggests.

Who should attend:

  • Do you have a technical prototype that needs a knitted solution but you are not sure which machine it is best suited for?
  • Do you want to understand the basics of knit programming on a variety of machines?
  • Are you in an industry such as accessories, medical textiles, compression features, smart textiles, composite materials, or industrial textiles where knitted constructed items might expand your product line?


May 4 @ 8:00 am
May 7 @ 5:00 pm
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Wilson College of Textiles
1020 Main Campus Dr
RALEIGH, NC 27695 United States
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Jan Gaines