Apparel tech fuels journey from 2D concepts to 3D fashion designs – Sourcing Journal

“Fashion designers are very creative,” said William Wilcox, CEO of Clothing Tech. “But, for some, adopting the technology can be difficult.” When it comes to 3D design, however, Wilcox is a strong proponent of technology ROI and encourages companies to take the plunge.

He should know. Wilcox has been creating technology for the automotive industry and various others for 40 years, and was well aware of how designers benefited from 3D CAD tools. “When I recognized the huge potential that 3D CAD tools could have on the fashion world, I knew we had to tackle it.”

This fall marked the launch of the company’s revolutionary 3D CAD tool, the Garment Digital Twin™ (GDT), which Wilcox describes as “just the beginning.” Representing the first 3D CAD tool created specifically for the fashion industry, this unique solution is designed to automatically read existing models and technical packs and then convert them into a 3D design.

These designs can then be quickly and easily edited, shared, and exported as new templates and tech packs featuring reimagined and updated looks. Since the GDT is the definition of the product, a technical package of the new creation will be automatically generated and prepared for export.

Clothing Tech has built its reputation on innovating and creating seamless 3D software solutions for technical design. The company’s suite of solutions enables apparel designers to move from concept sketch to production without slowing down the process while waiting for feedback from technical designers and manufacturers. With tools that enable real-time apparel design, Clothing Tech works smarter to bring fashion to life.

keep it simple

In this case, working smarter means working easier. Wilcox said the GDT builds on something really special while keeping its users and accessibility in mind.

“We have strived to make this tool as easy to use as possible,” he said. “You can literally transform a type of clothing from a t-shirt to a polo-style shirt in seconds and with just a few mouse clicks.”

The Garment Digital Twin is in a league of its own in the fashion industry. Exclusive features of the revolutionary 3D CAD workspace include:

  • The ability for users to design and iterate in 3D without worrying about the model – this tool creates the model for them
  • Fabric library with nearly 100 tested and ready-to-use fabrics
  • Library of user-defined finishes (UDF) to store reusable types of finishes, such as collars, zippers, pockets, etc.
  • Automatic 3D block creation to turn a 2D pattern into a 3D design in seconds, without the need for patterning skills
  • Automatic sewing and part placement to eliminate time-consuming pattern sewing and part placement
  • Automated and parametric grading to use sets of avatar sizes to automatically score models based on avatar shape
  • Export capabilities that can be used in cooperation with other 3D system processes

Other features include an avatar library, voltage maps, animations and more. Wilcox added: “While the GDT is robust, it is simple to adopt into any design house, providing endless possibilities for design and development. For example, a designer can use a vintage pattern as a base and turn it into something completely new and original.

For more information about the Garment Digital Twin and its capabilities, visit and click “Book a Demo”, or contact Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing Enrico Zamarra at [email protected]

Marjorie N. McClure