1- Smart PLM Systems (Browzwear) allow for simple management of materials and resources embedded in the data of the file rather than be manually input for computation in spreadsheets and other patternmaking software. The entire BOM and manufacturing time based on construction simulation could (in the future) be computed from the original design file.
2- Virtual Try-on / Virtual Reality is here to stay. Not only will these capabilities be accessed on our laptops and smart phones, but in new form factors like smart mirrors. We will have to build products in 3D to be able to utilize these experience platforms.
3- Customization and personalization is sought after by brands and consumers. People want to have an experience that is their own. In order to make customization possible, means of gaining measurements from people have to be simple to use and robust. They cannot rely on human input. Companies like Fitle are pioneering this space with computer vision algorithms that can collect measurement data from a few photographs. Even if fit is not customizable, high quality design customization requires some kind of 3D product configurator.
4- Embedded Electronics are too small for analog design inputs and must be designed in CAD/CAM systems. In the future, wearable computing will be in every garment, giving us feedback about our wellness and improving our daily lives. These garments could be rehabilitative, therapeutic, assistive, or just plain beautiful.
5- Decrease redundancies by making the 3D garment a platform for all information. 3D will take the fashion industry from redundancy to efficiency by creating a platform that is useful from the design process to the purchasing process.
Learn more about companies working toward this vision by checkout out our Technologies for Fashion Database.
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