The Project

The FFD project (targeting the Objective FoF-ICT-20111.7.4, focusing on target 7.4b and partly addressing 7.4c) 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 (Collaborative Prototyping offered as a SaaS platform). 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.

A just-right Consortium of 6 organisations: 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), ATC an ICT company with expertise in web integration based on the SOA model will develop a Collaborative Design and Prototyping platform (CDP), and two end-users (Piacenzamanufacturer of fine woollen 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. Various exploitation schemes will be adopted (new packaged VP fabric and garment solutions, integrated fabric-garment design and VP offer, joint exploitation of the Software as a Service CDP platform. The project duration is 36 months.

Key innovation

To stay successfully in business, textile and clothing companies nowadays need to be able to issue new fashion collections in a short time. However, the product development represents a bottleneck, since several physical samples have to be developed to judge the design. This is costly and time consuming. Read More

Technical approach

In detail, the project targets several challenging aspects of current VP solutions. The companies assyst (apparel CAD) and ScotCad (fabric CAD), which are already offering state-of-the-art VP solutions, will focus on improving the simulation accuracy to enable a purely virtual prototyping solution from the weave pattern to the final garment. Read More

Demonstration and Use

These newly developed business and production workflows will be evaluated and tested by two end-user companies. Read More

Scientific, Economic and societal Impact

FFD will grant deep insights into the complexities and the mechanics necessary to build full scale virtual prototyping systems covering the whole garment design process, allowing researchers to get a better understanding of what is needed in the industry. Read More