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TUKA3D Fabric testing labs offer Digital Feel Factor

Jun '20
Pic: Tukatech
Pic: Tukatech
Tukatech has announced that TUKA3D fabric testing labs has launched Digital Feel Factor for all their fabrics based on a mathematical calculation using bend and surface friction values in all warp, weft, and shear directions. Fabric feel factor is a number which someone may be able to associate in their mind when imagining what the fabric will feel like.

The concept is similar to understanding a weather report where for example the temperature is 56 degrees Fahrenheit but feels like 65. This ‘feels like’ conveys that the temperature is warmer than the current temperature. This may be due to various reasons in the environment for that day including wind velocity and humidity. Simply telling the relative humidity is a certain value or that the wind is at a certain velocity does not instantly convey the feel factor of the temperature. However, if it is told that the temperature feels like 65 degrees it instantly conveys what to expect. A similar analogy has been applied to fabrics. For example, most apparel people know from experience how soft a fine silk scarf feels like and know that burlap is rough. A number can be assigned to fabrics that will convey to the mind the feel factor of the fabric. If the softest fabric was a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 and the roughest was a 1 then the others are all in between. This determination from most used fabrics now can be classified with a reference number for each and a feel factor for new fabric will help the design community to ‘digitally feel’ the fabric while they can see the drape and movement of fabric in TUKA3D.These values can then be tabulated and the mean for each fabric taken and assigned to that fabric, according to a press release by Tukatech.

“What do you feel when someone says it feels soft like a baby’s skin, or it tastes too salty, or the sound is too loud. As humans, we do have our sensory abilities to predict taste or listening on a decibel factor, the same senses can relate this feel factor to predict the feel of fabrics by comparing numbers of known fabrics. We wanted to give designers the feel factor to help speed up the product development process in digital format as well as consumers to digitally feel the fabric before making their purchase,” Ram Sareen, CEO-founder of Tukatech said.

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