Technology, in every field, is growing by leaps and bounds in todays world. 3D technology is quickly gaining popularity. It has already established itself in industries like medicine, engineering, science, military, entertainment, etc. and now it has pitched the textile industry, as well. This technology is not limited to watching 3D images, movies or games anymore. It has created a parallel world of virtual reality.

C:\Documents and Settings\mary\Desktop\charles-wheatstone-1.jpgIn simple words, 3D or three dimensional images gives insight in depth. 3D images being interactive and visually live, it helps the viewer to connect with it. Sir Charles Wheatstone, an English scientist first invented the stereoscopic viewer using the Renaissance theories of perceptive in 1838. His invention laid foundation for a new beginning in motion and still picture making.

In the beginning, 3D technology required supercomputers but now laptops with the latest software have created wonders. It was first restricted to few bold and risk taking designers and manufacturers in the textile industry. With improved speed and power in laptops, simplified 3D applications have made their way in the textile sector with its practical usage.

In the last decade, 3D technology has triggered a revolution in the textile and apparel market. Effective time management, reduced cost, improved creativity, better communication, quick results are the few advantages that this technology has to offer to this versatile and vibrant industry. It is now accepted as new designing and product development tool in the fashion industry. This technology has come a long way from Wheatstones stereoscope which was then used to view still pictures.

Today, the most advanced 3D application gives you the liberty to match patterns with certain fabric along with its stitching. This will show how a fabric will drape or the user will exactly get the idea of fall of the fabric. The users can then choose the fabric, check the ease of the garment, adjust its fitting digitally with complete accuracy. 3D application offers such automatic functions that reduce the labor work and save time compared to the earlier techniques. Trained designers can now make or change patterns in no time.