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Speed and personalization have become the new normal in the fashion industry as consumer trends and expectations shift quickly. Brands, retailers and manufacturers are racing to keep pace as they strive to win the hearts, minds and loyalty of their consumers in an increasingly competitive marketplace. “To create personalized experiences and stay on trend, brands need to improve data analytics and integration across their supply chain,” said Clayton Parker, Director of PLM Product Management, Gerber Technology. “With our new YuniquePLM® Version 8, we’ve introduced a new UI, built features based on our customers’ needs, and added integrations to enable our customers to analyze trends and seamlessly pass data across their workflow.”

Composite materials offer advantages in strength and stiffness while minimizing overall weight. In a recent review on the topic, the team at Performance Composites Inc., a full services composite product manufacturer in Southern California, also commented on the design and performance advantages of the material.

Composites are considered designer's material, because the parts can be tailored to have strength and or stiffness in the directions and locations that are necessary by strategically placing materials and orienting fiber direction. Also, the design and manufacturing flexibility provides opportunities to consolidate parts and to incorporate many features into the part to further reduce the total price.

Because of these advantages, manufacturers in almost every industry segment are seeing a rapid rise in the use of composite materials. This is due in part to the fabrication cost benefits associated with the adoption of 3D design, digital patterning, automated cutting and piece labeling for mold insertion.

The high-level walkthrough of the process provided here helps illustrate the key advantages of transitioning to digital technologies for manufacturing of products made with composite materials.

The value for integrating high tech digital solutions in the workforce development education space has compounded growth potential. It provides the needed foundation to support the development of fashion ecosystem that needs a high return on newly trained labor force in terms of:

  •       Skilled output for local manufacturers
  •       Gainful Workforce Opportunities in a rapidly growing metroplex
  •       Scalable Business for designers and manufacturers

At the Austin Community College Fashion Incubator, we have partnered with the City of Austin and Gerber Technology to provide rigorous training on the full digital solutions package that includes AccuMark 2D, AccuMark 3D, YuniquePLM, and Gerber CutWorks for the Z1 Cutter – the automated flatbed single-ply cutter.  The full solution has provided an incredible opportunity to meet the need of students, local designers, and local industry to make them competitive on the world stage. This is a robust solution for a robust challenge.

The Oscars are this Sunday, and perhaps you’re already rehearsing your own fantasy Oscar acceptance speech and imagining who you would thank if you won an award? In this Oscar themed “Meet the Gerber Team” blog series, we’ve been introducing you to people who are perhaps a little bit closer to the Academy Awards than you or I.

Last week, we introduced you to voting Academy member and Gerber team member Scott Frankel, and earlier this week, we introduced you to an Academy Award winner who also happens to be a Gerber employee as well, Zoran Kacic-Alesic.

In our final Oscar themed “Meet the Gerber Team” blog entry, we’d like to introduce you to James O’Brien, another Academy Award winner and member of Gerber’s Avametric team!

James is Chief Scientist at Avametric, a San Francisco-based company recently acquired by Gerber. Avametric team members are a team of fashion vets, engineering gurus, technology-obsessed scientists, savvy investors and visual effects experts who are shaping the future of #FashionTech. Check out our Q&A with James, below!

The Oscars are fast approaching, and while we don’t often have the pleasure of introducing you to Academy Award winners, today, we do! Zoran Kacic-Alesic won the Scientific and Engineering award from AMPAS, otherwise known as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Scientific and Engineering Award is given for achievements that produce a definite influence on the advancement of the motion picture industry.

Zoran is Director of R&D and part of the Avametric team, a San Francisco-based company recently acquired by Gerber Technology. Avametric team members are a team of fashion vets, engineering gurus, technology-obsessed scientists, savvy investors and visual effects experts who are shaping the future of #FashionTech. Check out our Q&A with Zoran!


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