Under the name Fabric.ID, fabric show organizer Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions is launching a process for the complete digitization of fabrics. This involves turning textiles into virtual data to create digital twins that are said to reproduce the texture and color of the materials realistically and flawlessly.

The XTex and Can:scan scanners developed by software companies Vizoo and Caddon Printing & Imaging are used for the process. Digitization then produces a fabric ID that is intended to make textiles technically identifiable, traceable and usable. Digitization takes place in the Fabric Studio, the showroom of Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions. There, the textiles are scanned.

In the first step, the color and pattern are determined, followed by the surface structure. This is followed by a physical material analysis, which determines the weight, bending stiffness, thickness, elasticity and other material properties of the textile to enable an accurate simulation of the fabric's fall properties.

In addition, Fabric.ID will also understand the spectral yarn color values of the dye house and the weaving data of industrial looms to generate visually correct and color-correct textures for 3D application. By using the open source U3M format, the digital material should be compatible with almost any 3D-enabled application. Since fabrics can vary greatly in texture, three different categories are offered: Standard for low-textured, single-color material, as well as Advanced for stronger textures and colors, and as a third category Complex, for complex patterns and highly glossy material. The service was first presented during the last edition of Munich Fabric Start (August 31-September 02, 2021).

Ordering fabrics – the traditional way – at Munich Fabric Start
Photo: Munich Fabric Start
Ordering fabrics – the traditional way – at Munich Fabric Start
"From now on, our customers can send their fabrics to us or bring them directly to us - our team will then take over the scanning process and digitize the textiles, at the trade fair and throughout the year. We then make the data available for further processing. The samples can be measured without restriction on any monitor at the click of a mouse and used for sales, product presentations, design processes, fitting on avatars and other areas of application - the perfect complement to the physical experience at the trade show," says Sebastian Klinder, Managing Director of Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions GmbH.



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