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June 7, 2021

Tukatech’s latest tools to drive efficiency

Fashion technology provider Tukatech has released its 2021 line of products, designed to give much higher productivity with fewer operators.

By Beth Wright

The latest offerings from Tukatech come amid increased activity for demand manufacturing, micro factories and Made to Order businesses.

“We are not looking to put people out of jobs, rather to arm them with the right tools so they can be more efficient and productive while adding more value to the organisation and ROI,” says Ram Sareen, Founder and CEO of Tukatech.

TUKAcad The most powerful additions to TUKAcad are the enhancement to the development of new products based on old blocks. Now users can import Excel or CSV files or fill in the new measurements directly in the chart by typing in the desired value, with the new pattern said to be ready in seconds. The system keeps the style lines and shape by adjusting the patterns proportionally. If a measurement is taken across multiple pattern pieces, each piece will adjust proportionally to maintain the original shape and balance. This feature is added to TUKAcad PE (Professional Edition) to further de-skill the pattern-making process.

Other quick functions improve productivity, such as the Rule Table in the MTM module (Made-to-Measure). Now users can run commands with a single click, as opposed to one by one. There are also more options for internals, such as adding double notches (most often used to distinguish back pieces), and reopening darts after they have been closed.

TUKA APM In January of 2020, Tukatech released TUKA APM, which claimed to be the industry’s first fully automatic pattern-making module within the TUKAcad software.

In 2021, more template categories for men and women were added to the built-in block pattern library. Additionally, users can import their own block templates into TUKA APM so the generated patterns follow their own fitting conventions. This allows for better process engineering within product development, even without an advanced skillset.

SMARTmark The 2021 version of TUKAmark and SMARTmark has an automated way to create nested bundles by size, a feature that was previously only available for SMARTmark Q and Net-Q users, or else would have to be done manually. Now it is an automated feature included for all users, which will increase productivity and cutting quality.

TUKA3D Professional Edition TUKA3D Professional Edition is Tukatech’s suite for 3D fashion design and fitting. In 2021 Tukatech added advanced features and productivity tools to make draping complex styles in 3D easier than ever.

Advanced mirror stitching for symmetrical and “cut 2” pieces make pattern preparation more efficient. After draping, it’s easier for users to adjust the way the 3D garment sits and smooth out the layers for a higher quality look. They also have simplified options to apply specialised fabric settings, including elastic presets.

Designers also have the ability to draw in 3D and export a 2D CAD pattern from the shape. Since TUKA3D is connected to the TUKAcad system for pattern making, the drawn patterns can easily be cleaned up during the design process to reduce the amount of work done in pre-production.

TUKA3D is integrated with the Vray rendering engine, which now allows for detailed 3D fur rendering.

TUKA3D Designer Edition TUKA3D Designer Edition is a lite 3D fashion design software for surface visualisation and allows graphic artists to see how their work will look on a real garment, or for a fashion designer to see how a garment might look with a variety of prints.

Rather than using a full TUKA3D Professional Edition station to drape a garment for the purpose of visualisation, designers can purchase ready-made 3D fashion garments in a variety of categories, such as men, women, children, and plus size. In 2021, hundreds of new garments were added to the TUKAweb marketplace, including tops, bottoms, outerwear, dresses, swimwear, and even accessories.

Designers can use these 3D garments for the purpose of visualisation, then after approval they can purchase the accompanying pattern so the style can be adjusted, graded, and produced in real life.

TUKAcut The TUKAcut automatic fabric cutting machine has a new high-powered processor which, plus the TUKAcut software allows the calculation of millions of instructions to analyse cut path and sequencing. This optimisation is said to give 16.8% higher productivity than almost any other cutter.

TUKAspread The TUKAspread automatic fabric spreading machine eliminates fabric relaxation. The smart tension controller lays fabric evenly without pulling, including for very tricky fabrics like modal, which has four-way stretch.

In 2021 the capacity of the heavy-duty TUKAspread machine was increased to hold up to 600 kgs, while the addition of conveyorised tables enables the machine to continue while it moves on a track to the next table. This reduces the downtime between cuts, which allows for more cutting capacity.

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