EFI has announced that its Optitex software operation and US based PTC will introduce an integrated solution to give fashion and apparel brands and retailers the ability to connect the EFI Optitex 3D Visual Platform with PTC’s FlexPLM solution.
EFI Optitex software is an integrated 2D CAD and 3D Digital Product technology for the textile industry, and PTC is a global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, along with the ThingWorx Internet of Things (IoT) technology platform. The integrated Optitex and PTC system will allow brands and retailers to leverage 3D to review and validate collections within a few weeks of design, rather than several months later. It will also allow them to collaborate at a much faster rate within their organisations, as well as with their customers and supply chain partners, to enable more time for design changes, make better decisions and make better products.
With the increasing adoption of 3D digital sampling in the fashion and apparel industry, the integration of a 3D platform with a product lifecycle management (PLM) system allows for all content to be managed at an enterprise PLM level, both internally and externally, providing organisations with an end-end solution to plan, create, develop, source, and cost throughout their whole product lifecycle.
The integrated offering is scheduled to launch this year, with the first version expected to provide full document control and management, library synchronisation of fabrics, artworks and colourways, and bill of materials extraction directly from EFI Optitex software.