It can be challenging to reconcile sustainable values with the environmental damage resulting from shipping, textile waste, and factory use for starting an environmentally-friendly clothing brand.
The fashion industry alone accounts for around 10% of the world’s carbon emissions, and a huge chunk of that is due to boat and air transport. The fashion industry cannot completely eliminate shipping, but brands have begun using 3D sampling to reduce shipping costs.
Brands can create photorealistic 3D mockups of their designs using 3D sampling technologies, thereby avoiding ordering multiple rounds of physical samples. This reduces emissions from transportation across the world, as well as lessening textile and water waste. 3D sampling is a huge tool on the path to sustainability. Here’s a list of five of the best 3D design technologies, depending on the company’s needs.
This software boasts realistic textures, draping, and shadows to make sure you get a full sense of what your garment will look like in real life. Browzwear has four separate platforms that you can subscribe to depending on your needs. The most popular, VStitcher, is a design space that allows you to easily create patterns and render your designs in 3D. Their other platforms offer features including a collaboration space, fabric analyzer, and block pattern technology. To get started with Browzwear all you need to do is schedule a demo with a member of their team who will guide you to the right platform for your needs.
CLO’s platform promises easy-to-use controls to create your ideal vision. With CLO you can adjust the measurements of your virtual model to see how your garment would fit different body types and sizes. The models also have several programmed movements including, walking, running, and dancing so that you can observe the drape of your garment in different stages of motion. If you are just getting started, you can test out CLO with a free 30-day trial. If it works for you, you can move forward with a $50 monthly or $450 yearly plan. CLO also offers a 50% student discount for any young designers just starting out.
Originally started as a proponent for digital fashion, Marvelous Designer is also super useful for physical clothing designers looking to skip physical sampling. Their realistic 3D design technology is used by universities to teach clothing design, and they have curated a large online community of users who create and trade clothing digitally. A few of their key features include simple pattern creation as well as an easy transfer of patterns to 3D models. Additionally, they pay special attention to details like buttons, zippers, stitches, and more. After a free 30-day trial, you can join their community for a $39 monthly or $280 yearly subscription, prices dependent on academic, enterprise, or personal needs.
TukaTech has an advanced 2D design program that transfers easily over to their 3D software. Users can easily make patterns and watch as they transform into 3D designs in real-time. One of Tuka’s key features is its huge library of prints, graphics, and different types of textiles. Tuka 3D is also compatible with a number of graphic design technologies such as Adobe Illustrator and MS Paint so that artists can put their own original designs on their 3D garments. Join TukaTech for $29 per month.
Optitex is a global software provider of integrated 2D-3D computer-aided design (CAD) solutions for fashion & apparel, automotive, upholstery, and industrial fabrics. They digitally streamline design, development, and production throughout the supply chain, enabling efficient workflows and quick responses to market demands. Informed by over three decades of experience and a growing base of 30,000 users, our innovative solutions are highly accurate, sustainable, and cost-effective. They offer brands, retailers, and manufacturers a one-vendor solution for delivering high-quality products on demand and on budget.
Despite the fact that most of these programs are subscription-based, you will save money and time by skipping the physical samples. Switching to 3D sampling saves your company money and the hassle while reducing your carbon footprint.