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How 3-D Design Tools are Adding New Dimension for Star Garment

What if there were an innovation that could slash product development down from days to hours? Thanks to the latest versions of 3-D CAD software, it’s now a reality. If your vendors aren’t on board with the newest technology, you’re likely wasting time—and money.

With today’s industry laser focused on speed to market, 3-D rendering has become an indispensable tool for forward-thinking manufacturers.

“Reduction in development costs and reduced resource allocation to prototype samples are making 3-D design more attractive,” said James Harris, production manager at Star Garment. “With a high cost and barrier to entry for high-end 3-D design programs, these programs aren’t meant for every boutique design studio. That being said, as mass-garment vendors push costs further up the supply chain, there is a growing increase in factories that are adding 3-D development to differentiate from their competitors.”

That’s why Star, a global manufacturer of sleepwear, sportswear and outerwear, has embraced 3-D technology. For instance, programs like Vstitcher allow the company’s skilled tech designers to turn a pattern into a prototype in minutes. Similarly, software like Lotta slashes days out of the calendar by allowing the team to identify pattern challenges before a proto sample is made.

These capabilities put Star at the cutting edge and make it a valuable partner for its customers.

“More customers are choosing to source with companies like Star Garment, who have made significant investment and commitment in these technologies, in order to bring new and inventive products to market faster than their competitors,” said Harris, noting 3-D is becoming the norm with the most prominent firms in the industry like PVH, Walmart and VF using it at least to some extent and design schools requiring it.

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Rather than replace designers, technical designers and patternmakers, 3-D CAD empowers them. In Star’s 70,000-square-foot innovation center in Sri Lanka, 3-D provides high resolution images that render lifelike fabric and trim attributes like drape, and they display graded patterns across a complete size range.

Unlike the initial versions of this type of software, 3-D programs can now accurately portray fabric physical attributes like stretch, weight, and recovery, going as far as modifying the appearance based on the friction those fabrics have when placed against human skin, plastic mannequins, and cloth forms. Parametric avatars even allow us to see the designs in action, whether sitting, bike riding or even speed skating, making them perfect for use with performance fabrics.

This lifelike rendering is only possible because today’s 3-D programs are greatly improved over those of the past. And with these advancements has come greater adoption

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