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The Gerber Technology family recently grew even larger with the acquisition of Avametric, a San Francisco based technology company that enables brands to deliver accurate 3D renderings of their apparel and accessories on customizable digital body models for web, mobile and AR.

Avametric team members are a team of fashion vets, engineering gurus, technology-obsessed scientists, savvy investors and visual effects experts wielding Academy Awards! So, since it’s awards season, we thought we’d give the mic to one of our new team members from Avametric, Scott Frankel. Scott is a film industry veteran who has the unique pleasure of being a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences -- the professional honorary organization responsible for awarding Oscars. It’s our pleasure to introduce Scott to you, in his own words!

2018 went by in a flash! Check out our top 10 moments from the past year full of exciting announcements, collaborations, and innovations!

As we proceed into our fifth year of the Gerber Technology Student FashionTech Competition, I want to take a moment to highlight what makes this competition truly shine: the students. This competition would be nothing without their dedication and creativity. Starting from the new year, we ask a lot of our student designers. From concept to completion, the students are challenged not only to provide a unique and well constructed garment, but any number of other tasks: sketches and design outlines, AccuMark pattern data, YuniquePLM tech packs, and social media updates. Every year, we are astounded by the industry of these students on display; all of this is achieved in addition to their busy school and personal lives!

Innovation is a buzz word for as long as I have been in the Textile CAD industry. Universally it can be a company’s search for sustainability, cost savings, faster production or shorter time to market. Innovation affects a company’s bottom line, public perception as well as the quality of their product.

Developing CAD software has dropped Pointcarre right in the middle of that equation. We are constantly approached by clients looking to push the envelope and do better in many ways. Innovation is viewed as ways to make their product more attractive to their customer and gain new customers, but at the same time to make a positive impact on the world. Pointcarre allows clients to discover new ways to produce their product with less chemicals, better uses and develop new ways to knit, weave and digital print their product. Pointcarre's most recent innovation has come in the form of digital printing. This alone can save millions of gallons of water from traditional printing processes. Smart Tailoring, another innovation, is a new term for just weaving, knitting or printing only what’s needed for the specific individual garment. Pointcarre's seamless integration with YuniquePLM makes that process even easier. 

A boss once decided to challenge me. He asked me to create a process for creativity. He wanted me to find a way to make innovation repeatable and predictable. My first thought was that innovation requires creativity, and that's unpredictable by definition.

I became pretty frustrated at the business minded approach to optimizing innovation. If you want to make innovation repeatable, it’s not about specific steps you can take. It’s more of a matter of attitude. It’s what happens when the right product meets the right people at the right time. It’s understanding all of the moving parts that come into play to make that idea a reality. Then a sudden and ironic burst of spontaneous creativity came to me. While innovation might not be a process, I realized that there is a formula to it that anyone can use:

Innovation = f(passion * velocity * creativity * some array of variables) ^ risk

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