OptiTex is launching a new device that enables companies to test fabrics in-house without having to use a costly, time-consuming external service.

The company, best-known for its 2D and 3D CAD solutions, says the Fabric Testing Utility (FTU) will also help its systems to recreate the dynamics of fabric movement on virtual mannequins.

The lightweight, briefcase-sized appliance measures fabrics for bend, stretch, shear and friction. The machine has an automated repeat function to validate the measurements.

Ran Machtinger, president and CEO of OptiTex, says the FTU will help firms cut time to market and eliminate fabric waste.