What’s Happening in 3D CAD for Fashion
Another 3D product used in the furniture arena is Design Concepts by Lectra. Design Concepts is based on ‘paraboloid’ – a 3D engine that takes parabola equations and converts them into surfaces. In many ways, we have been chasing a final visualization for many years with many iterations along the way.
In addition, there are many software packages for surface rendering. A surface rendering shows the final product in its form and shape including “ease” maps that can show where product design improvements can distribute the correct amount of ease to each section of the product.
Education issues Training and educating talents in both design and manufacturing will be a huge issue. Now, design is in the USA and manufacturing is offshore. There is a disconnect, and it is unclear how to cross this chasm.
Fashion sizes One of the complications of fashion is sizing. With computer graphics, it is now possible to look through the sizes and check “fit” using ease charts that are in the pattern-making software. However, this is in the 2D and 3D worlds of patterns and not visualization.
SummaryIt will be an exciting time as we all embrace 3D visualization. Textile suppliers too have great opportunities to make product elements that can be shown on products in real time. Some of these elements from textile suppliers can be digital but communicating with CAD vendors may require differing formats. CAD things that started 40 years ago are going to power the Fashion Complex of today.