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In order for brands, retailers, and manufacturers to be successful, they need a fully connected supply chain that can turn their ideas into production-ready garments in a matter of hours. Gerber Technology's all-new AccuMark February 2020 streamlines the entire process from design through product development while drastically reducing cost, material waste, and time to market. 

I have spent almost 10 years making the case for 3D technology in the apparel industry. When we look at other industries like automotive, industrial design, and architecture, we see that 3D has been a vital part of their workflow for many years now. It may be that we are spoiled in our industry. If we want to see a new dress or shirt, we can cut and sew one. An automotive company cannot make a new car every time they want to change a body line. Simply put, the product development teams in these other industries were forced to trust the 3D prototype. We, in the apparel industry, are now accepting that we need to do the same.

Fashion and style are always changing, but the practices within the fashion industry haven’t always been so quick to adapt. As a $2 trillion dollar industry that uses a wide variety of materials, fashion creates a tremendous amount of waste and pollution. For decades, the industry got away with this without much harm, because the average consumer simply wasn’t aware of the damage that was being done to the environment in order to manufacturer their coat or jeans. 

Product lifecycle management (PLM) is a blanket term covering the entire product lifecycle, including requirements, design, engineering, manufacturing, production, support, maintenance, disposal, and refabrication. PLM software is an invaluable tool for organizing product development, manufacturing, and support in a manner optimized for both the business’s and the consumer’s needs. 

Software capability and industry demand tend to drive each other forward. When software advancements are made in response to a specific consumer need, they tend to include plausibly related options and alternative tools above and beyond what is sufficient to satisfy the stated need. Likewise, the availability of new software tools and design capabilities tends to drive innovation, especially with creative types, like designers.

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