ATC participates in the FFD (Future Fashion Design Real-time, Accurate Fabric to Garment Virtual Prototyping in Collaborative Environments) Project, which is co-funded by the European Commission under the FP7 Programme.
The FFD project aims to remove the main factors inhibiting the wide adoption of Virtual Prototyping (VP) by the Textile and Clothing companies (TCI), by drastically improving the speed of obtaining realistic garment simulations (development of massively parallel simulation techniques based on multi-core computing), the accuracy (simulation from yarn - to fabric - to garment, virtual garment close to real sample) and the functional integration aspects. The new business model will offer drastic improvements in product development efficiency (reduced number of physical samples from 20% to 100%, time-to-market reduced by 3 weeks, collaboration between fabric and garment producers), services at low-cost (open, vendor independent and scalable platform), while opening new market opportunities to vendors of CAD and PDM/PLM systems.
Apart from ATC, which will develop the Collaborative Design and Prototyping platform (CDP), using our know-how in web integration based on the SOA model, five more prominent organisations are participating in the FFD consortium: A leading European Institute (Fraunhofer-IGD) as Coordinator (will develop the massively parallel simulation engine), Assyst (apparel CAD) and ScotCad (fabric CAD) already offering state-of-the-art 3D VP solutions will work on improving simulation accuracy (from yarn to garment), and two end-users (Piacenza manufacturer of fine woolen fabrics and Consitex, the garment manufacturing member of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group) will integrate the innovative VP platform in their joint product development processes and will demonstrate/ evaluate its efficiency and impact.
The project started in October 2011 and has a duration of 36 months.