3D design and prototyping software provider Browzwear and material digitisation specialist Vizoo are unveiling the latest version of the Unified 3D Material (U3M) format which will allow users to add functions such as the draping behaviour of fabric.
U3M was established in 2018 to create a standard for digital materials. This digital twin furthers an alignment of visual appearance across different applications by utilising a single open-source format. The new capability of U3M version 1.1 takes this one step further and gives users the ability to add raw physics data to the format as well. Effectively, this turns U3M into the first and only open format that is able to carry both visual and physical material information.
Vizoo explains in this case, ‘raw physics data’ means the fabric’s draping behaviour captured by Browzwear’s Fabric Analyzer (FAB) extracted in its raw form. Aspects of the material’s behaviour like stretch, bend, and thickness can be analyaed accurately. This opens up the possibility for other 3D CAD apparel software to apply the non-proprietary data to their simulation.
It adds exposing the material’s raw physics data is a first step to eliminate the problem that users have today to carry out multiple tests depending on the 3D CAD software the digital fabrics are being used in.
“A material format that covers both visual and physical parameters will lead to a deeper vertical implementation of 3D in the material process,” says Renate Eder, director business development at Vizoo. “As U3M becomes now truly 3D simulation tool independent, fabric suppliers are finally able to digitise their materials without regard to their client’s software environment.”
Joy Foo, director of strategic partnerships at Browzwear, adds: “We are all aiming for the same goal, a full digitalisation of workflows in the fashion industry. At Browzwear, we understand that it takes all to collaborate in order to achieve this. As a response to the challenges our clients face, we are constantly investing in perfecting the physics capturing to streamline the material digitisation process as a way to scale up the adoption of 3D.”