By Elizabeth White, [TC]²
For September’s article, I will provide the answer for the August article Grade Rule Puzzle 1 Part 1. I’m repeating the puzzle instructions before the answer. The original grade rule tables are reproduced at the end of the article.
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By Arturo Rodriguez, [TC]² Latin America
At the Ibague Maquila y Moda 2012 event in Colombia, Will Duncan, Mike Fralix, and I partnered with Dave Gardner of SPESA to deliver a Panel on technology applied to the sewing trade of Colombia.
On the first day of the 3 day-long show, we talked to a group of attentive SENA students from the Tolima Center as well as to industry representatives from the region.
The three hour panel was divided into two sections, with the first segment presented by Mike Fralix and Will Duncan centered on what the Apparel Company of Future would look like, with a focus on the term of “additive manufacturing” - in other words manufacturing processes that sum up value-added activities. Digital technologies were shown in short videos, capturing the interest of the audience. In the second half of the program, Dave Gardner of SPESA and I engaged the audience on topics ranging from the recently approved FTA between Colombia and the USA, but from a viewpoint of what is needed for Colombia to take full advantage of this treaty.
As a bonus, the panel was streamed live over the show website, as can be seen in the image above (R), where Mike is presenting and we are viewing on individual laptops.
This regional show is really growing as its 2012 numbers show:
On the last day of the show, I gave a one hour conference on how to eliminate waste in the sewing supply chain applying Lean manufacturing principles, entitled Lean es Verde (Lean is Green).
Our special thanks to Julio Cesar Mendoza, the Tolima Cluster director, as well as to the executives of the three Ibague-based apparel companies that hosted plant vists prior to the show opening for us (Grupo Concalidad; Caribean Confecciones and Camisas Monarca).
By Karen Davis, [TC]²
OptiTex, founded in 1988 is a leading provider of 2D and 3D CAD/CAM, and Virtual Prototyping solutions for the sewn products and other related industries. Its Windows-based software packages for digitizing, pattern engineering, grading, marking, advanced automatic nesting, made-to-measure, and draping are specifically designed to meet a broad range of customer needs.
Its solutions are designed to facilitate collaboration among partners throughout the manufacturing process. OptiTex is also active in e-commerce, providing online sales tools to promote branding and customer loyalty. Additionally, OptiTex is planning the next step in providing its solutions online, and offering customers a convenient solution to accessing top OptiTex software at ws.optitex.com
In addition to serving thousands of brands and retailers such as: Target, Nike, Kohl's, Tommy Hilfiger, Wal-Mart, Patagonia, Chico's and Coach Leather, OptiTex’s software tools are a cornerstone of design training with installations in universities and educational centers worldwide. Available in 20 languages, OptiTex products are sold and supported around the world through certified distributors and OEMs.
The company’s product list includes OptiTex PDS Pattern Design System; Grading and Digitizing; OptiTex Marker Maker System; Nest ++2 Advanced Automatic Nesting; Match ++, a Matched Fabric Nesting System; CutPlan solution for cutting-room optimization, reduces material consumption and accurately calculates material costs for better inventory management, Modulate Made-to-Measure; and the 3D Runway Suite of Tools, which includes, 3D Runway Designer, 3D Runway Creator for PDS, 3D Runway Creator for Modulate, 3D Flattening and 3D Digitizing. The OptiTex 3D Runway Designer is a cloth simulation tool which provides true-to-life draping on a 3D image. Pre-production work associated with fitting, texture and color variation, and overall visualization is simulated with 3D Runway Designer. With realistic looking cloth, patterns and fabric characteristics, the need for sample garments is decreased, while accuracy and quality in the end product are increased.
Using [TC] ²’s high-fidelity avatar creation program, which is part of the NX-16 3D body scanner measurement extraction software, OptiTex has expanded its software to work with Tulips, a Belgian manufacturer of custom lingerie, to aid in the design process for creation of fine undergarments.
For more information on OptiTex 3D Runway Designer and other OptiTex products, visit www.optitex.com.
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