In light of the recent worldwide shortage of surgical masks due to the spread of COVID-19, flat-knitting solutions provider Shima Seiki has released knitting data for producing a 3D knitted version of the masks on its WHOLEGARMENT® knitting machines.
According to a report in Knitting Industry, the released data is aimed at producing cotton masks on the Japanese company’s SWG041N2, SWG061N2 and SWG091N2 models, as well as on the rest of its compact WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines, also known as WHOLEGARMENT Mini type machines, suited to production of small accessory items, in 15 gauge.
Mask data is available for download from the Shima Seiki Users’ Site, an archive featuring over 10,000 knit samples for use by Shima Seiki customers.
“Seam-free 3D WHOLEGARMENT masks provide superior fit and comfort. Ear straps that are knitted in one piece together with the mask portion offers reduced stress on the ears and require no further sewing for quick response production,” said Shima Seiki’s Masaki Karasuno.
“A filter pouch is also knitted in for inserting available virus filters and other filtration fabrics. Knitted cotton masks can be washed and reused repeatedly. It should be noted, however, that unlike common nonwoven surgical masks, knit masks do not have virus and pollen filtration functionality. Their main use is for prevention of spray from coughing and sneezing, and for reducing exposure to allergens,” Karasuno said.