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3D technology is growing among apparel retailers and brands. However, many brands and retailers are relying on 3D alone to meet consumer demands which is leaving them frustrated. The real value is an end-to-end solution, not a feature, that will facilitate On-Demand Manufacturing or what some are calling the "Microfactory”.

The furniture business is changing. Customized pieces that include a large component of high concept style and design are finding their way into more and more homes and businesses. For this article, we interviewed Margit Karin Aarset, Senior member of the team at AMATEC AS to understand how their clients are utilizing digital design and patterning to address these requirements.

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!

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