The excitement around 3D pattern-making and prototyping at Techtextil North America / Texprocess Americas 2016 was amazing. Wednesday a panel of speakers discussed 3D Evolution: Using 3D in the Apparel Fit Process. Individuals from UnderArmour, VF Jeanswear, and Adrianna Papell shared benefits their companies have experienced using various 3D software solutions. Questions following the presentations proved that many attending were seriously exploring how 3D could benefit their organizations.
3D Panel Speakers:
Pat Trautman, Moderator
Shannon Moulden - Under Armour
Jami Dunbar - Under Armour
Robert Garner - VF Jeanswear
Margarita Pasakarnis - VF Jeanswear
Ashesh Amin - Adrianna Papell
Adam Smythe - Human Solutions Assyst
Under Armour, VF Jeanswear, and Adrianna Papell are each using a different software but experiencing many of the same benefits. Each has integrated the use of the software in ways that work with their infrastructure and business practices. For instance, at VF Jeanswear, US based pattern-makers are responsible for creating 3D virtual garments using Browzwear's VStitcher. Adrianna Papell's pattern-makers in China use Tukatech software at the factory. Under Armour technical design staff can use 3D to create 3D virtual garments before proceeding with physical samples.
The companies discussed the multitude of ways they are utilizing 3D pattern-making tools.
Benefits mentioned by the panel included:
Using Optitex software has allowed Under Armour to rapidly prototype multiple style options before making final decisions. They are also able to review placements of graphic prints on multiple garment sizes.
Additional interesting uses of 3D virtual prototypes included: