Leading computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. of Japan is known for its innovations in flat knitting technology. Flat knitting is the only textile manufacturing method that yields shaped products which, when assembled, result in a finished product. SHIMA SEIKI is also known for its WHOLEGARMENT knitting technology, which allows 3D shaping. Whereas knitwear is traditionally produced in parts—the front body, back body and sleeves—WHOLEGARMENT can produce an entire garment in one-piece on the knitting machine, thus requiring no sewing whatsoever. Combine this on-demand capability with Virtual Sampling using realistic simulation capability on the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system and sampling can be minimized, along with the time, cost and materials associated with it.