30 years ago if you were to suggest that paper sketches of new garment designs would be going ¡®extinct¡¯ by the early 21st Century, or that product samples would exist solely online, fashion brands would say you were crazy. But that future is here now as computer generated 3D modelling hits the fashion world.
If this is apparel brands¡¯ future, let¡¯s look at how 3D virtual sampling for softlines can positively affect your business.
What are the advantages of 3D virtual sampling?
One of the most significant advantages of 3D virtual sampling is its ability to speed up the product development process. When it comes to sampling development, 3D technology offers apparel brands the ability to modernize their sample-development processes which in turn saves time and money and helps brands respond quicker to customer trends and buyer demands.
Virtual sampling challenges the traditional ways of product development. Working advanced technology allows designers to make 3D virtual samples of garments, rather than building them physically from real fabric and shipping them to various design houses and manufacturers. This enables brands to increase overall efficiency and lower production costs, all while meeting quality standards and specifications consistently.
You¡¯ll notice that making adjustments to the garment is immediately displayed in 3D, so you will see instant changes on screen without needing to make a new sample each time. Interestingly, the software is also advanced enough to be able to display different materials and their unique characteristics, for instance, one fabric may drape differently over the body than another, and this can be displayed for a realistic view.
Furthermore, designers can save 3D virtual samples of garments as an image and from any perspective using the software. There are no limitations on the colors, prints, sizes, etc. that can be experimented with, which makes it easier for buyers to select the preferred version of the design. The sample can easily be emailed to the necessary stakeholders, which allows designers, fit technicians and executives to assess the sample before it has to be cut and sewn from cloth.
Doing this means manufacturers do not have to spend money and time producing a number of prototypes in different sizes, or using different fabrics, that may never be used.
It can often be found that a garment requires corrections, rework, or adjustments which requires a new version of the product to be cut, sewn and shipped off to the buyer. 3D virtual sampling eliminates the need for physical samples, which can vastly reduce unnecessary time and money spent on rework. Virtual sampling takes care of any necessary changes that need to be made before the garment needs to be sewn, saving on fabric costs, shipping costs as well as model costs. It has the ability to positively impact all facets of a supply chain if implemented correctly.
Benefit Breakdown Of 3D Virtual Sampling For Softlines
3D modelling speeds up the production process, taking a concept to production in just weeks instead of months. Apparel brands are under pressure to be ready to go to market before or at least at the same time as their competition, so being able to shave weeks or even months off the design process by avoiding waiting time to create different iterations of samples is invaluable.
Computer designed 3D samples use the exact pattern and model¡¯s body measurements to display an accurate representation of the garment¡¯s style and fit
Producing a virtual sample takes a short time. Postage of fabrics and samples to and from suppliers to customers, and the waiting time for them to be created by hand and arrive, is all but eliminated.
Customers can demand changes to the fit and style of garments at any time and these can be sampled straight away, allowing more production flexibility.
Sampling costs vastly reduced. Many samples can be made using different fabric types, textures, colours, and prints; not to mention sizes. Making all of these as physical samples could be cost prohibitive.
Computer-generated images of garments can be used in brochures, on websites, and in marketing materials without needing to take photographs of physical samples.
One thing is certain though, and that is that virtual sampling is inevitable as we move into an increasingly digital world.
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