The 2021.1 product update includes “significant enhancements” to the Singapore-based technology provider’s 3D visualization and dynamic animation capabilities, it said. The new product features, Browzwear added, will enable “a more seamless production of garments from concept to commerce,” allowing more designers “to bring their creations to life in 3D, affecting both their bottom line and the planet positively.”
The release updates the workspace to give all VStitcher and Lotta users the ability to create animations without needing prior skills, Browzwear said. Capabilities within this new workspace include slow motion, importing animation sequences, animated camera presets and export formats such as obj+MDD, fbx+mc and Alembic.
The 2021.1 update also introduces Oliver, an “ultra-realistic” parametric avatar whose measurements can be adjusted. “By working with parametric avatars, users can enjoy enhanced visuals with each garment simulation,” Browzwear said.
The fashion tech company highlighted two other new tools. Standing out from others in the industry, the dart tool is a live object with the flexibility to continuously develop and adjust patterns. With it, users can perform actions on the dart mimicking real-life pattern-making techniques, including rotating, splitting darts into multiple darts and curving the darts.
Browzwear described its new walk tool as the digital version of a frequently used real-world pattern-making technique. “This feature allows users to inspect and adjust their pattern pieces in the 2D window in real-time, while walking to assure they are designed correctly to avoid any errors further down the line,” it said. Functions include sliding, inserting notches, mirroring, cloning and snapping.
“We’re proud to remain at the forefront of solution development for the apparel industry and will continue developing our technology so apparel professionals can make incredible garments while reducing fashion’s environmental footprint,” Avihay Feld, co-founder and CEO of Browzwear, said in a statement. “Our commitment to being true-to-life goes hand in hand with our obligations to make our users’ workflows easier and smarter as they bring their creativity to life, without limitations.”
The update release comes about two months after Browzwear made its application programming interface (API) generally available, allowing companies to connect and embed multiple applications within their existing platforms. Under the update, users gained the ability to create extensions that utilize assets such as trims, colors, materials, avatars and the garments themselves; build applications that evaluate the cost of goods through the surface and lengths of materials; and construct tools that make use of colorway capabilities from editing to full automation.
Earlier in December, Browzwear launched a partnership with Switzerland’s Archroma, a provider of specialty chemicals for the textile sector, that allows product developers to access thousands of colors and finishes during the design process. As a result of this collaboration, Browzwear said its users now have access to Archroma’s full, 4,320-strong selection of shades from its Color Atlas.