In light of the recent worldwide shortage of surgical masks due to the spread of the COVID19 coronavirus infection, Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. has released knitting data for producing a 3D knitted version of the masks on its WholeGarment knitting machines.
The data is meant to be for cotton masks knitted on SWG041N2, SWG061N2 and SWG091N2, as well as on the rest of Shima Seiki’s compact WholeGarment knitting machines, also known as “WholeGarment Mini” type machines that are suited for the production of small accessory items, in 15 gauge.
The mask data can be downloaded 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. A filter-pouch is also knitted into the masks 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 the prevention of spray from coughing and sneezing, as well as for reducing exposure to allergens.
Release date: March 19th, 2020 (Thursday); 10:00 AM Japan Time
Download location: Shima Seiki Users’ Site (www.shimaseiki.com/user/samplesearch/)
Sample no.: M1503W00F (for women), M1503W10F (for men)
Machines supported: WholeGarment “Mini” machines, SWG041, SWG061, SWG091, SWG041N, SWG061N, SWG091N, SWG041N2, SWG061N2, SWG091N2
Gauge supported: 15G