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Tukatech opens library of over 750 virtual fashion models

Sep '19
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Tukatech has opened a library of over 750 virtual fit models for global brands and retailers to all 3D users in fashion. Regardless of which 3D fashion technology system they use, anyone can access this library, which offers exact replicas of 3D fit models developed from big brands’ live fit models. Tukatech has the largest network of 3D users in the world.

The library shows a true representation of a real fit model who was body scanned or 3D sculpted using a proprietary measurement engine and digitised for the virtual world, including their measurements, shape, and posture, Tukatech said.

“Many fashion professionals adopt 3D fashion technology in hopes of reducing sample iterations. However, those who only approve design virtually must still make multiple fit samples before going to production, which costs too much time. We want the industry to use 3D technology for fit approvals, not only for design. Otherwise, it is difficult for fashion businesses to justify the addition of 3D virtual sample-making to their product development process,” Tukatech’s chief collaborator, Savannah Crawford said.

One component to using 3D fashion technology for fit approvals is to have every person in the process use the same 3D model. However, this consistency is not enough if the 3D model was not replicated properly. Crawford asserts that a major breakdown is that a lot of 3D models are replicated from body forms, rather than a real person.

“When the brand tries the garment on at their end, they are most likely fitting on a live fit model, whereas the vendors develop patterns and samples using a body form. While the specifications may be similar, body forms do not do justice to the human body. There tends to be a lot of variance in the body shapes and posture, so much so that the drape of the garment is very different between the two,” Crawford said.

This is a major reason why Tukatech custom sculpts TUKA3D virtual fit models from 3D body scan data of real fit models. This practice ensures that the brands and vendors assess fit on the same body shape, so that what is seen on the screen is the same as real life. In the last 15 years, Tukatech has 3D body scanned hundreds of fit models, representing different ethnicities, ages, sizes, and shapes. If a modelling agency does not allow for their fit models to be scanned, the fashion technology company replicates their bodies using only photographs and a proprietary measurement method. They then develop digital and physical slopers to validate the 3D fit model and correct the body until there is zero tolerance.

Once approved, TUKA3D models are rigged with real-time motion simulation to mimic the actions and exercises performed in a real sample fitting. TUKA3D models give fit feedback with tension heat maps, showing where a garment is tight or loose.

These custom avatars now make up Tukatech’s library of over 750 virtual fit models. The models in this library are provided to TUKA3D users as part of the implementation package and will now be available to users of all other 3D fashion technology systems as well. Though other 3D users will not have access to the full range of motion simulation, they will be able to see their fit model in a pose for either fit or presentation purposes. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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