Frontier bridges the gap between brand 3D design process and supplier assets
TAIPEI, Taiwan – September 8, 2021 – Frontier, a collaboration as a service (SaaS) software designed to digitize textile materials, improve supply chain management and boost 3D design capabilities, has introduced a new 3D Fabric Creator on its platform that uses AI technology to convert scanned 2D textile images into assets compatible with 3D design.
The 3D Fabric Creator generates essential texture maps needed for use in virtual prototyping, much like a raised topographic map, so that 3D designers can import material files directly into any 3D design environment.
“Material scanning must be able to reconstruct texture metadata such as normal, roughness, displacement and physical values so that these data points can be used on different design platforms,” said Moritz Sontheimer, Frontier AI specialist. “We have the luxury of building models from a very large database of consistent quality, which allows us to continually improve our accuracy. “
According to Frontier, there is an insatiable demand for digital product creation (DCP) as more and more brands are entering the market with increasing speed. Not only does 3D Fabric Creator generate essential data points of a fabric, it allows users to share material data for use in different design systems. As a result, brand designers no longer need to search for digital material suppliers or acquire digital material through a third-party platform. In other words, the materials you get from your suppliers are the materials that can be produced in bulk.
Frontier’s main goal is to work with the supply chain to help make digital 3D design as user-friendly as possible so that more brands can access their digital documents. Frontier’s goal is to bridge the technology gap between brands and the supply chain using AI / ML (Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning) to improve all relevant material data from specification , text description, model description, fabric construction and materials science via cloud apps. Frontier users are a model of user content generation, so users have full control over IP and product access. It also uses a pay-as-you-go model, so there’s no upfront investment.
“The apparel industry has finally opened up to the possibility of wider implementation of 3D technology in the supply chain,” said Alexa Dehmel, owner of Innovative Design & Development Consulting. “Frontier’s 3D Fabric Creator is a great technology for bridging the gap between a brand’s design process and the digital assets of its suppliers. “
Frontier’s white paper co-published with Interline on Using AI to Scale Materials Digitization is available now and can be featured on the Frontier platform by visiting https://pse.is / 3md35g.
Posted on September 8, 2021