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Fashion Manufacturer Suuchi Turns to 3D Tech for Low-Waste Product Development

New Jersey’s own Suuchi Inc., a vertical apparel manufacturer, chose Gerber Technology as its official CAD software partner, adopting its 2D and 3D software to provide clients with improved efficiency and speed to market.

Suuchi will be integrating Gerber’s Accumark 2D and 3D software into its design platform, which will also help to prevent excess waste during product development. Suuchi called Gerber’s technology a “game-changing enabler” in terms of improving the value it offers its clients.

“By shortening design cycles and eliminating physical samples, we are further delivering on our promise to our customers,” Suuchi Ramesh, founder and CEO of Suuchi Inc., said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be merging forces with another pioneer in the apparel CAD technology landscape and working towards our joint mission of reinventing supply chains.”

Suuchi operates a cloud-based platform called the Suuchi GRID, which can operate as a standalone program or connect to a curated list of its more than 250 materials suppliers and 400 Americas-based factories.

GRID digitizes the supply chain to help improve transparency throughout the supply chain, design and development phases and distribution, Suuchi said. Its features include “streamlined communication, collaboration and predictive analytics,” improving decision making among the manufacturer’s clientele.

Accumark, when integrated into Suuchi’s platform, will provide “true-to-life” virtual samples that will shorten development turnarounds and eliminate waste from samples.

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“Everyone in the industry is aware of how time-consuming and wasteful physical samples can be, which is why many companies are starting to look at 3D solutions,” Enrico Zamarra, Gerber’s director of digital solution dales for the Americas, said.

“Unlike many of the 3D solutions on the market, what makes Gerber different is that the virtual samples produced in AccuMark 3D are made from real pattern data,” Zamarra added, “which ensures that what you’re seeing on the screen can actually be produced, improving fit and greatly reducing the need for physical samples.”

GRID currently serves more than 200 “emerging to enterprise” apparel brands, Suuchi said, and its technology has the potential to double margins and deliver product 20 times faster while decreasing excess inventory amounts, landfill waste and markdowns.

In 2018, Suuchi was awarded a $37.7 million Grow New Jersey grant to expand its business and create up to 400 advanced manufacturing positions. In June, Suuchi launched a white-label service called SuuchiX that allows its clientele to select from ready-made apparel, footwear, accessories and home textiles.