In this module, we look at cloth in the virtual world. Areas covered include:
- Fabrics in the physical vs the virtual world
- Simulation engines
- Some of the material solution providers
- Challenges and benefits of fabrics in the digital space
Digital Product Creation Software is increasingly used in the fashion industry to streamline developments, minimize sampling time and waste, visualize products and make decisions before having physical samples on-hand. But the effectiveness of digitalization also depends on how much time it takes to prepare the actual digital fabric data and how effective the communication is with the manufacturer.
Although many platforms streamline readily available fabrics in the market and can visually represent digital products on screen, it does not account for a new fabric development, design/pattern/color modifications, nor any fabric manufacturing reference. In recent years, the allocation of physical fabrics and materials is becoming increasingly troublesome from issues related to logistics, costs, and carbon footprint.
This session, recorded at PI Apparel New York 2022, Hayato Nishi, from SHIMA SEIKI U.S.A. Inc., and Manami Hayashi, Chief System Consultant, Total Design Center at SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD, showcase ways the APEX can “Accelerate Digital Fabric Sourcing for 3D Digital Product Creation”.
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SHIMA SEIKI is a leading fashion tech solutions provider dedicated to delivering a digitally optimized value chain for the fashion industry.
An established fashion technology innovator, SHIMA SEIKI is known particularly for its realistic virtual sampling technology. Based on actual yarn data, fabric simulations generated on its SDS-ONE APEX series and APEXFiz software are unparalleled in quality and photo-realism. Simulated fabrics are output in a format compatible with a variety of 3D software and can be of great use in 3D virtual sampling projects.
Being an industrial knitting machine manufacturer, SHIMA SEIKI’s specialty is knitwear, but the sublime quality of its virtual fabrics is a common denominator in digital materials that span textiles, embroidery and towels as well, allowing smooth communication for digitally bridging the gap between the studio and factory across various fields.
SHIMA SEIKI is also famous as pioneer of WHOLEGARMENT knitting technology wherein a garment can be produced three-dimensionally in one entire piece without sewing, using only the minimum amount of yarn required to knit a single garment. Combining WHOLEGARMENT with virtual sampling, only SHIMA SEIKI is capable of providing a total solutions package for sustainable fashion.
A full transcript of this session can be found here.