The footwear industry has been at the forefront of 3D, but it still faces a difficult question: whether to design and engineer in 3D and visualise after, or to take the opposite approach.
How will the industry react to disrupted supply chains and accelerated consumer demands for sustainability and customization? Opportunity for change, or back to business as usual?
The pandemic has intensified underlying problems with fashion supply chains. To cope with volatility and manage the unexpected, retailers and manufacturers now have the unavoidable task of evolving their manufacturing models through a hybrid of AI and IoT.
As fashion moves further into digital product creation, digital materials are increasingly in the spotlight. But creating them has been a more complex, time-consuming process than most designers can afford. Machine learning could be about to change all that.
With the initial rush to 3D over, is digital product creation running the risk of overlooking the people who actually create products? Or does a true, end-to-end, 3D ecosystem have the potential to bridge the longstanding brand-supplier divide?
Late last year, Kalypso, The Interline, and a panel of industry insiders and experts convened to discuss the findings of the landmark 3D and digital product creation maturity survey. That live event was quickly booked up, but is now being made available as a full replay, to benchmark digital product creation for 2021.
The assumption is that COVID has kick-started a surge in uptake of 3D and digital product creation technologies. How far does reality reflect that assumption? And how much further does fashion intend to take 3D in the near future?
As adoption of 3D design, development, simulation and visualisation tools increases, what role does 2D patternmaking still have to play? Can it be sidestepped entirely? And what might that mean for the future of digital design?
With 3D firmly established as one of the keys to fashion's digital transformation, a lot is riding on the shoulders of technology vendors. We talked to Optitex CEO Amir Lehr about what it means to be up to the challenge, and how much farther he believes digital product creation can go.
The gap between the digital skills the fashion industry wants to hire and what's actually being taught to students is widening. But where does the responsibility of hiring, training, and educating the next generation fall?