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Clothing Tech Elevates the Journey from 2D Concepts to 3D Fashion Creations

Guest Editorial in Sourcing Journal

“Fashion designers are highly creative,” said Clothing Tech CEO William Wilcox. “But—for some—adopting technology can be challenging.” When it comes to 3D design, however, Wilcox is a strong proponent of the technology’s ROI, and encourages companies to make the leap.

He should know. Wilcox has been creating technology for the automobile industry and various others for 40 years, and was well aware of how designers benefited from 3D CAD tools. “When I recognized the enormous potential that 3D CAD tools could have on the fashion world, I knew we had to tackle it.”

This fall marked the release of the company’s groundbreaking 3D CAD tool—the Garment Digital Twin™ (GDT), which Wilcox describes as “just the beginning.” Representing the first 3D CAD tool created specifically for the fashion industry, this unique solution is designed to automatically read existing patterns and tech packs then convert them into a 3D design.

Those designs can then be quickly and easily edited, shared and exported as new patterns and tech packs showcasing reimagined, updated looks. Since the GDT is the definition of the product, a tech pack of the new creation will automatically be generated and prepared for export.

Clothing Tech has built its reputation by innovating and creating seamless 3D software solutions for technical design. The company’s suite of solutions allows apparel designers to move from concept sketch to production without slowing down the process by awaiting input from technical designers and manufacturers. With tools that enable real-time garment design, Clothing Tech works smarter to bring fashion to life.

Keep it simple

In this case, working smarter means working easier. Wilcox said that the GDT builds on something truly special while keeping its users and accessibility in mind.

We endeavored to make this tool as easy to use as possible,” he said. “You can literally transform a garment type from a t-shirt to a polo-style shirt in seconds with a few clicks of the mouse.”

The Garment Digital Twin is in a league of its own in the fashion industry. Exclusive features of the revolutionary 3D CAD workspace include:

  • The capability for users to design and iterate in 3D without concern for the pattern—this tool creates the pattern for them

  • Fabric library with nearly 100 fabrics tested and ready to use

  • User Defined Finishes (UDF) library to store types of reusable finishes, such as collars, zippers, pockets and more

  • Automatic 3D block creation to take a 2D pattern to a 3D design in a matter of seconds, with no need for pattern-making skills

  • Automatic sewing and piece placement to eliminate time-consuming pattern stitching and piece placement

  • Automated and parametric grading to use avatar size sets to grade patterns automatically based on avatar shape

  • Export capabilities that can be used cooperatively with other 3D system processes

Other features include an avatar library, tension maps, animation and more. Wilcox added, “While the GDT is robust, it is simple to adopt into any design house, enabling endless possibilities for design and development. For instance, a designer can use a vintage pattern as his or her foundation and transform it into something completely new and original.”

For more information about the Garment Digital Twin and its capabilities, visit and click “Book a Demo,” or contact VP of global sales and marketing Enrico Zamarra at

This guest editorial from Clothing Tech was published in Sourcing Journal November 22, 2022. Clothing Tech is a SPESA member.

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