The move to computerization is a major trend in the apparel /textile industry today. Computers are changing the way designers all over the world are working. For the textile designers, CAD has become more or less indispensable now-a-days. Years back the process of fabric designing was extremely tedious and time consuming. Today, with the adoption of CAD/CAM and its numerous software/hardware capabilities the possibilities are endless that are unimaginable. CAD/CAM technology is a cutting-edge tool (in software and/or hardware) catering to the various needs with respect to designing, production, marketing and presentation of designs/weaves of the textile industry as a whole. Jacquard industry is one among the different segments of textile industry, where CAD/CAM is used at large. CAD/CAM solutions for jacquard based textile industry provide an opportunity for the development of jacquard projects and operation of all kinds of jacquard looms including state-of-the-art electronic jacquards as well. In addition to fabric designing software, most of the CAD/CAM solutions providers all over the globe also offer a whole range of other allied accessories for jacquard based industry including jacquard design management software, laser cutting machines for woven badges and labels, electromagnetically controlled punching machines for all types of jacquard cards, and so on. The CAD/CAM system gives an opportunity for the production of all kinds of jacquard textures - basic jacquard, toweling fabrics, jacquard carpets and other floorings, tags and labels of jacquard, jacquard tapestry, etc. The present article highlights on how the precision, efficiency and economy of CAD/CAM tools are being employed with ease at large to enrich the innovations in the field of jacquard designing and manufacturing, thereby revolutionizing jacquard based textile industry (both powerloom and handloom) world wide as a whole.
Keywords: CAD/CAM, jacquard, simulation colourways, 3D texture mapping.
Originally Published in Indian Textile Journal, October-2011
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