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Launched in partnership with LIMITED, the product innovation branch of global sourcing leader Otto International, the training facilities will be located in Dongguan, China and Dhaka, Bangladesh; two key strategic and manufacturing-heavy regions. The 3D product development sharing and training centers will provide invaluable upskilling and peer-to-peer sharing, with the Digi-Hubs enabling employees of manufacturers and suppliers, as well as individual designers, pattern-makers, technical designers and others interested in the next generation of fashion production and development, to become proficient in the latest 3D fashion asset technologies by mastering their applications within product design and development.
The companies hope their new 3D fashion design software training centers accelerate the already-nascent, large-scale digital transformation happening within the fashion and apparel industry by using the latest technologies and production procedures to create efficiencies, reduce waste, and increase sustainability. Attendees of the program will gain invaluable experience working with Browzwear’s VStitcher, a widely-used platform for 3D prototyping, as well as acquire skills covering the use of fabric digitization tools like Browzwear’s Fabric Analyzer and Vizoo’s 3D scanning system, that translate the physical properties and textures of textiles into true-to-life virtual samples and 3D simulations and renderings. With this new knowledge base and toolkit under their belt, Digi-Hub attendees and the apparel companies they work for will be able to seamlessly produce virtual samples that act the same as physical samples and remove productivity barriers, speed up time to market, and enhance sustainability.
Already, over 650 organizations including Columbia Sportswear, PVH Group and VF Corporation are leveraging Browzwear’s open platform for creative designs and digital tools for 3D garments to streamline processes, collaborate and pursue data-driven production strategies in order to sell more while manufacturing less, increasing both ecological and economic sustainability through the use of 3D assets and fashion design concept tools.
The deployment of digital fabric libraries, 3D design software, and the virtualization of common hardware such as zippers and interlinings, is part of a wider trend the PSFK Research Lab has been following around the overall digitization of the fashion industry and its embrace by fashion designers . New 3D design software technologies are providing virtual solutions at every step of the production process, from sourcing to prototyping and design, to sampling, quality inspection, and distribution, as fashion houses and manufacturers continue to incorporate a wide array of next-generation third-party and in-house digital programs into their everyday operations.
This article originally appeared in PSFK’s research paper, Digitizing the Fashion Industry