Browzwear’s partnership and featuring Limited sees the opening of 3D product development sharing and training centres in Dongguan, China and Dhaka, Bangladesh. The facilities, called ‘digi-hubs’, will offer digital upskilling to garment design and technical professionals in key regions hard hit by the pandemic.
The digi-hubs enable employees of manufacturers and suppliers as well as individual designers, pattern-makers, technical designers, and others to become proficient in the latest 3D technology and its application to product design and development.
Throughout the programme, attendees will gain hands-on experience working with Browzwear’s 3D platform VStitcher. In addition to building 3D prototyping skills, the hubs will also feature fabric digitisation that includes Browzwear’s Fabric Analyzer and Vizoo’s scanning system, which translate the physical properties and textures of textiles, respectively, enabling true-to-life 3D simulation and rendering.
The aim of the hubs is to accelerate large-scale digital transformation in the industry, which will, in turn, create efficiencies, reduce waste and increase sustainability.
“The Covid-19 pandemic brought to light many of the inequities in the global apparel supply chain while showcasing the importance of digital transformation for the entire industry,” says Sharon Lim, co-founder and CEO of Browzwear. “We are incredibly proud to be part of the solution that empowers both businesses and professionals, particularly in regions where the inequities have had an outsized impact.”
Katharina Bobrowski, general manager of featuring Limited, adds: “As technology continues to disrupt the apparel industry, it’s imperative we build a system with equal opportunity for all to succeed,. With the launch of these digi-hubs, we are arming some of the world’s largest centrs for garment manufacturing with tools and training so they, too, can leverage 3D innovation to achieve their business goals and keep up with the market’s evolving demands.”
As the virtual development competence center of Otto International (OI), Featuring Limited provides fully customised 3D digital product development services. OI, a member of the Otto Group, offers solutions at every step of the sourcing process and has incorporated a wide array of third-party and in-house digital programmes into its everyday operations, from virtual design to quality inspections to shipping.
Browzear recently raised US$35m in funding from growth equity firm Radian Capital which will help it tackle the fashion industry’s waste problem using 3D digital solutions.