On April 27-29, 2021, at the 36th Spinexpo trade fair in Shanghai/China, the manufacturer of flat knitting machines Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., Wakayama/Japan, will introduce its new ApexFiz subscription-based design software. This is the latest addition to Shima Seiki’s proven SDS-one Apex series design system lineup.
Whereas previous Apex-series design systems were offered as an all-in-one proprietary hardware/software package, for the first time the company has released its new ApexFiz as subscription-based design software that can be installed on customers’ individual computers. Maintaining proven functions that have made the Apex series so popular with fashion designers, with ApexFiz those strengths are now enhanced with the added versatility to adapt to different work styles and business environments of the “new normal” including teleworking and telecommuting. ApexFiz software supports the creative side of fashion from planning and design to colorway evaluation, realistic fabric simulation and 3D virtual sampling. Otherwise known as “digital twins”, virtual samples are a digitized version of sample making that are accurate enough to be used effectively as prototypes, replacing physical sampling and consequently reducing time, cost and material that otherwise go to waste. This technology thereby helps to realize sustainability and digitally transform the fashion supply chain.