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Vizoo Announces the Release of U3M Version 1.1 with Fabric Raw Measurement Data to Support the Standardization of Digital Materials

July 14, 2020

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 utilizing 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.

In this case, “raw physics data” means the fabric’s draping behavior captured by Browzwear’s Fabric Analyzer (FAB) extracted in its raw form. Aspects of the material’s behavior, like stretch, bend, and thickness, can be analyzed 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.

Renate EderDirector of Business Development

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

“We are all aiming for the same goal, a full digitalization 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 digitization process as a way to scale up the adoption of 3D.” Says Joy Foo, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Browzwear.

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. The edition will also enable users to obtain raw physics data of fabrics that were tested using the FAB by Browzwear.

For partners interested in more information on U3M and the upcoming raw physics capability, visit the U3M website and github page.

About Vizoo

Vizoo is the number one supplier of solutions for the physically accurate digitization of material swatches. Since 2013, automotive, apparel, footwear, home fashion brands and their suppliers have relied on Vizoo’s xTex system to digitize their material processes and create digital twins of physical material samples. To date, the company has developed an extensive network of more than 400 customers and is distributing their systems to more than 40 countries globally.

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The University of Albstadt Sigmaringen offers a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Textile and Clothing Technology which puts 3D garment development and presentation as an important focus area in teaching and R&D.

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