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Vizoo & Browzwear unveil U3M version 1.1 for fabrics

17 Jul '20
3 min read
Pic: Vizoo
Pic: Vizoo

Vizoo, the leading technology provider for advanced scanning and digitising 3D materials headquartered in Germany, and Browzwear have announced the release of the U3M version 1.1 as well as the ability to extract the raw physics data from the Browzwear FAB physics measurement machine. Browzwear is a pioneer of digital solutions for the apparel industry.

U3M, the unified 3D material format, was established in 2018 to create a standard for digital materials. This digital twin furthers an alignment of visual appearance across different applications by utilising a single open-source format. The new capability of U3M version 1.1 takes this one step further and gives users the ability to add raw physics data to the format as well. Effectively, this turns U3M into the first and only open format that is able to carry both visual and physical material information, according to Vizoo.

In this case, raw physics data means the fabric’s draping behaviour captured by Browzwear’s Fabric Analyzer (FAB) extracted in its raw form. Aspects of the material’s behaviour like stretch, bend, and thickness can be analysed accurately. This opens up the possibility for other 3D CAD apparel software to apply the non-proprietary data to their simulation.

Exposing the material’s raw physics data is a first step to eliminate the problem that today, users have to carry out multiple tests depending on the 3D CAD software the digital fabrics are being used in.

“A material format that covers both visual and physical parameters will lead to a deeper vertical implementation of 3D in the material process. As U3M becomes now truly 3D simulation tool independent, fabric suppliers are finally able to digitise their materials without regard to their client’s software environment,” Renate Eder, director business
development at Vizoo said.

“We are all aiming for the same goal, a full digitalisation of workflows in the fashion industry. At Browzwear, we understand that it takes all to collaborate in order to achieve this. As a response to the challenges our clients face, we are constantly investing in perfecting the physics capturing to streamline the material digitisation process as a way to scale up the adoption of 3D,” Joy Foo, director of strategic partnerships at Browzwear said.

With the upcoming xTex release 2.3, Vizoo will support adding existing raw physics data to U3M files. In effect, that means that the digital twin of a material can be fully created right after scanning. The U3M 1.1 version will be supported in the VStitcher and Lotta 2020 May edition Hotfix 1, which will be available on July 16, 2020. The edition will also enable users to obtain raw physics data of fabrics that were tested using the FAB by Browzwear.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)

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