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A complete guide to creating/ using digital materials for 3D fashion design

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Setting foot into the world of digitalization can seem a little daunting. But don’t worry, it’s very straightforward. There are several ways to turn physical objects, including bodies, fabrics and garments, into digital materials. Here is an introduction to the technologies involved.

Digitizing the Body

There are many ways to access digital avatars. Ready-made digital avatars are available via programs such as Alvanon Body Platform. You can also scan an actual body - yours, or someone else’s - through 3D body scanning technologies, such as a 3D body scanner. The 3D body scanner is designed to capture a human's full body in 3D, and generates the result of a 3D avatar and a set of body measurement data. The data is often used for virtual try on, size recommendation, virtual fitting and custom-made services.

Introducing the Scanatic™ 360 Body Scanner and Scanatic™ Body Service

The Scanatic™ 360 Body Scanner is a self-serviceable and contactless 3D body scanner that has repeatable precision and pinpoint accuracy. All it takes is 3 seconds to obtain the data of millions of 3D points on the body surface. With the technology of infrared scanning, we do not capture any images or videos while being scanned. The privacy and safety of the customer are assured.

The Scanatic™ Body Service is our proprietary algorithm which processes the data captured into more than 250 sets of body measurements and a 3D body profile. With another add-on service, Scanatic™ LiveAvatar Service, you could also create a sophisticated avatar with joints and skeletal structure. This means that the avatar can move realistically and its posture is changeable. Jump to the following paragraph and learn about how to import the LiveAvatar into different 3D software.

For more information about Scanatic™ 360 Body Scanner and Scanatic™ Body Service, please visit 3D body scanner for virtual body measurement

TG3D Studio Partner: Alvanon Body Platform

The Alvanon Body Platform is another source that you could use to acquire a 3D avatar. Alvanon has worked with over 1000 brands and collected the statistical information for the body scans generated throughout that time. There are more than 6,000 sizes of AlvaForms for the user to choose from in the platform’s library. The virtual 3D AlvaForms represent the dominant body shapes and sizes of consumers across the globe. They could also represent each brand’s fit standards and are pivotal for an effective sizing and fit strategy. For more information, please visit TG3D Studio x Alvanon Body Platform | New Collaboration Announcement

Digitizing Fabric

What’s the first thought that comes to mind regarding the process of digitizing fabrics? For many people it will be taking high resolution photos, putting them online and that’s it. However, with the material digitizing technologies such as a 3D fabric scanner, you can now quickly turn physical fabric swatches into their digital footprints, complete with true-to life color and texture details. The fabric can be rendered into photorealistic visual assets

Introducing the Scanatic™ Nuno Fabric Scanner and Scanatic™ Nuno3D Service

Scanatic™ Nuno Fabric Scanner is a small, lightweight and affordable 3D fabric scanner that utilizes the power of your smartphone (iPhone X) and our free-to-download app. The wireless scan station provides optimum lighting and conditions to ensure the most precise quality scanning and color results.

Scanatic™ Nuno3D Service is our proprietary algorithm that renders the fabric scan in the most true-to-life way possible for an accurate 3D version. It generates output in the form of color, specular, normal, metalness, roughness and ambient-occlusion maps which could be easily imported into different 3D professional software. Jump to the following paragraph and learn about how to import the 3D fabrics into different 3D software.

For more information about Scanatic™ Nuno Fabric Scanner and Scanatic™ Nuno3D Service, please visit Fabric scanner for creating 3D digital fabric samples

Digitizing Garments

3D Fashion Design Software is the powerful technology which helps you to create realistic 3D garments from 2D patterns. Creating 3D garments can help you to explore different possibilities of design, reduce the amount of fabric used, reduce wasted resources and become more efficient in design development.

Introducing the Scanatic™ DC Suite

Scanatic™ DC Suite is an intuitive 3D fashion design software that easily turns 2D patterns into 3D designs. Seamlessly connecting with our other solutions, the Scanatic™ DC Suite creates realistic fabric visualization through its default physical material properties or from the Scanatic™ Nuno Fabric Scanner. It can also perform virtual garment fittings with its built-in default avatars, which are equipped with 75 body landmarks and 60 size items or by connecting with the Scanatic™ 360 Body Scanner. Other applications include showcasing your designs through 3D catwalk animations or through our Scanatic™ StyleBook Service and the Cloudzet™ Store App.

For more information about the Scanatic™ DC Suite, please visit 3D fashion design tool for creating digital clothing.

How to import digital avatars into 3D software?

From the Scanatic™ Body Scanner to the Scanatic™ DC Suite, CLO and VStitcher

From the Alvanon Body Platform to the Scanatic™ DC Suite

How to import digital fabrics into 3D softwares?

From the Scanatic™ Nuno Fabric Scanner and Nuno3D Service to the Scanatic™ DC Suite, CLO and VStitcher

How to create 3D garments?

Please visit the DC Suite Online training website for more information about how to create 3D garments through Scanatic™ DC Suite.

How to make your 3D garments more realistic?

Now you are familiar with creating 3D garments using different 3D software, how do you make your design more realistic? Applying fabrics that are scanned by a professional fabric scanner can definitely help. However, that is not enough. In order to perfectly display your garments with all the texture details, you will need to utilize offline rendering engines such as V-ray and I-ray to render your garments. Below you are some photos of garments before offline rendering and after offline rendering. The differences are clear.

Some exciting news to close: Scanatic™ for Fashion's on-demand 3D rendering services will be coming soon! With our rendering services, you will be able to easily create realistic 3D garments without the need for other software. Stay tuned for updates!

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