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July 9, 2021

New digital platform to streamline sampling and design

Tukatech and Sowtex, two technology disruptors in the textile and apparel industry, have joined forces to launch a 3D visualiser and design lab resource solution said to dramatically trim the designing and sampling process timelines.

By Beth Wright

The digital platform is the first of its kind where everyone in the supply chain collaborates with real data, according to the two firms.

Launched in Asia yesterday (8 July), the solution will reduce sampling turnaround time from weeks to hours, according to Sowtex founder Sonil Jain. He says the process allows the user to design, develop, approve, show, sell and then make the product.

“The Sowtex Design Lab — comprising life-like digital swatches of 10,000-plus global textile manufacturers — will combine Tukatech’s 3D Visualizer to enable designers, garment manufacturers, fashion brands, fabric and trim manufacturers, and stockists to make design and sampling processes quick and easy,” Jain adds.

Ram Sareen, founder of Los Angeles-based Tukatech, notes the Sowtex -Tukatech alliance will also lessen the enormous amounts of wastage during the sampling process.

“Since the industry’s average adoption rate is around 15%, a large number of physical samples end up in landfill,” he explains.

Sowtex ’s material catalogue provides textile suppliers access to thousands of online trims and fabrics and an array of Pantone colours, which the two firms say will enhance and accelerate the design development process.

The high-quality images represent physical materials so that after approval, designers can order the same and achieve the exact same look in real life production.

Users can explore Tukatech’s library of ready-made 3D garments, or find the model they want to design for, then shop styles made to fit that model.

TUKA3D Designer Edition allow users to visualise fabrics and trims in 2D/3D garments before making a physical sample. Moreover, its true-to-life technology will enable easy design development, fit and growth, thereby reducing wastage during the sampling process. When ready to go to production, users can purchase the 2D CAD pattern for the style for US$5.

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