Gerber Technology has released new software for its AccuMark platform that allows personalisation and promises to boost speed-to-market capabilities.

Gerber says innovations in AccuMark's Version 12 software have stemmed from the current "key industry trends" it has observed, which include a need to speed up time-to-market. The updated version, it says, can cut "weeks off a development cycle."

"To survive and more importantly thrive in today's markets, fashion players need to improve their agility, speed and connectivity," says Mary McFadden, vice president of CAD product management, Gerber Technology. "Our Version 12 AccuMark Platform release delivers on these demands from product design and development to 3D sampling through optimised production planning and manufacturing."

The version 12 software advancements include:

  • AccuMark 2D CAD – New features are focused on simplification and giving users more control of their entire workflow with more options for personalisation and modern controls. Some key enhancements include multi-dimensional grading as an easier alternative to alterations, pattern wizard updates to simplify and shorten processes, expanded digital printing workflow capabilities, personalised reporting options and visual customisation tools.
  • AccuMark 3D – The 2D to 3D solution continues to build on the integration of the Avametric Fabric Simulation Engine added in V11. Version 12 adds support for optical and surface texture effects from Vizoo and X-Rite scanners to provide an even higher level of realism. A new live drag within a simulation allows a user to tug on a garment to help assess and control fit. Avatars with additional poses have been added to help with speed and personalisation. Also, to enable designers to validate ideas early in the conception stage, AccuMark now offers a hi-resolution photorealistic prototyping service improving speed and cutting weeks off a development cycle.
  • AccuPlan – Integrates with AccuMark to optimise spread and cut planning. Version 12 of AccuPlan includes the addition of multiple fabric property features to capture selvage, shrink/stretch percentage values and major enhancements to planning and reporting features. The updates to the AccuPlan application continue to improve speed, efficiency and the optimisation of material utilisation. The new fabric property features allow for greater planning and optimised material consumption. The addition of customisations in reporting and a new production tracker report provides greater management control and visualisation into the workflow for improved agility and the ability to plan multiple purchase orders together, and accurately report on fabric consumption.