• The Optitex 3D Design Illustrator allow users to validate and customise 3D garments without waiting for a printed sample.
  • The plug-in works by importing 2D and 3D pattern files or building block libraries into Adobe Illustrator and activating a window with a 3D representation of the pattern side-by-side.
  • Users can export the final file as a picture or 3D file, validate designs among teams, and send directly for digital or sublimation printing.

3D design and prototyping software provider EFI Optitex has launched a plug-in tool that allows designers to validate and customise 3D garments in Adobe Illustrator.

The Optitex 3D Design Illustrator allows users to visualise 3D garments, with accurate proportion and scaling and customise the garment's fabric, texture, print patterns and graphic placement without waiting for a printed sample.

The plug-in works by importing 2D and 3D pattern files or building block libraries into Adobe Illustrator and activating a window with a 3D representation of the pattern side-by-side. Users can export the final file as a picture or 3D file, validate designs among teams, and send directly for digital or sublimation printing.

"3D adoption is already a necessity for nearly every successful fashion company, and in that space, it is important to onboard all teams from design to production," says Guy Alroy, head of textile product management, EFI Productivity Software. "Now, entire teams can enable 3D capabilities to streamline the whole design to print workflows, letting them focus on creativity, reduce physical prototypes, and get to market faster than before."

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