A Leap Forward in 3D Fabric AI Technology: How Frontier Is Revolutionizing Digital Textile Creation

The Frontier 3D Fabric Creator's AI engine has just had a massive upgrade, which means designers and brands can now access huge amounts of 3D materials more quickly and efficiently than ever before. Selecting fabrics and planning collections can now happen instantaneously - with all team members involved.

This revolutionary AI development opens the door to more 3D material of impeccable quality — so good you can almost feel it.

What's more, Frontier facilitates the digitization and generation of 3D fabric for textile mills with speed and simplicity — enabling a scalable way for mills to generate 3D materials to provide to their customers. By utilizing the powerful Frontier platform — and the AI capabilities behind its 3D Fabric Creator — along with the integrated 3D Viewer, textile mills can give their potential clients a much clearer picture of how the end product will look in real-time.

Check out the 3D Fabric Creator right now via our online trial tool!

So whether you are a designer, brand, or mill, Frontier reduces the cost and time associated with traditional fabric shipping processes and releasing new products. Not only that, embracing and adopting digitized textiles and becoming part of the digital textile universe will have a profoundly positive impact on the environment.

Sounds great, doesn't it? Of course, the cherry on top is that all of the above can be achieved without needing to purchase expensive equipment or having the technical expertise necessary to operate such equipment.


The Upgrade

Since the recent upgrade to Frontier's Lasagna AI Engine, the texture of the 3D material is of higher quality, higher resolution, clearer, more vibrant, and more realistic. In fact, there is little difference between the original material and the AI-generated material.

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The Lasagna AI Engine — the clue is in the name — was developed by advanced machine learning technology to analyze 2D digital fabrics layer-by-layer and quickly generate 3D fabric layers that can be stored as U3M or Zfab files.


In just one click, users can access realistic fabric materials compatible with CLO, Adobe, Browzwear, TG3D, and many other 3D design tools. 


Before the most recent AI engine upgrade, Frontier's 3D Fabric Creator incorporated two layers (maps) — base and normal. Since the upgrade, the 3D fabric creator's capabilities have developed to include four layers — base, normal, rough, and displacement.


But what does this mean?

Each piece of 3D material comprises several different layers — also known as texture maps. Texture maps are administered onto the surfaces of 3D models to produce repetitive textures and patterns. 


In a nutshell, the process of texture mapping is the digital world's equivalent of applying paint to a real-life article or sticking decals to a wall or other similar flat surfaces.


Here's a quick overview of the four layers and why they are essential components of 3D design:


· Base: The base layer is often referred to as the color map. A color map provides the material with colors or desired appearance.

· Normal: NRM or normal map enables the addition of surface details like bumps, ridges, and scratches that catch the light in such a way that mimics genuine geometric

representation.

· Roughness: Roughness is related to the glossiness or roughness of a material's surface. The roughness determines the size and the strength of specular highlights — the light diffusion caused by irregularities in the surface material.

· Displacement: Displacement can truly distort geometry; it gives the material's surface a feeling of depth and detail.


For designers, the layers are crucial elements when making a 3D design as realistic as possible with the tools they have to hand — the layers bring the design to life! As the layers represent the character of the fabric, all layers are as important as each other and depend entirely on the designer's vision and individual requirements. 


Many designers working with 3D design software have to rely on tools like Photoshop to recreate layers — such as displacement and roughness. However, designers often have to guess and estimate the dimensions. More often than not, the results are inaccurate and undesirable —this is where the power of AI comes into play as it calculates and presents the most realistic results with over 90% accuracy.


For designers, some of the most significant, real benefits of utilizing a platform such as Frontier are:


· The guesswork is taken away and is replaced with accurate, AI-powered results.

· Designers do not need to buy expensive equipment, and they do not need to use any additional software or need to be trained extensively on how to use it.

· Designers can obtain a U3M file in three minutes or less.


Why is this upgrade so significant? 


A picture is worth a thousand words, or maybe thousands of dollars! So let's think about it for a moment. First of all, to digitize fabric or textiles, the material is typically scanned and generated by an expensive machine; then, we need to consider the professional personnel and complicated adjustments, settings, and processes that come into play after the material has been scanned. 


Again, by scanning a 2D image using a simple office scanner, we are taking away the need for costly equipment. The quality of the Lasagna AI-generated 3D fabric is not much different from the one scanned by the expensive machine —  it is almost impossible to tell them apart. See for yourself…


Here we have the real material and the AI-generated material side-by-side. 


Utilizing Frontier for Digital Textile Creation

Uploading digital fabrics is quick and simple with Frontier. The only equipment needed is a regular flatbed scanner. Then, with just one click, users can create their own 3D materials and apply them to their 3D design software. 

With Frontier's 3D Fabric Creator, building a 3D fabric library is now faster and easier than ever before, with one-time uploads that can be used again and again.

Frontier's 3D Fabric Creator — powered by proprietary machine learning technology — converts 2D fabric swatch images to 3D digital material. Since inadequate material data and lack of access to digital textiles are two of the most significant hurdles in the 3D clothing design process, Frontier launched this solution to meet the demands of the 3D clothing design industry. 

The 3D Fabric Creator enables the user to effortlessly convert 2D material files into the U3M format within just a few clicks. 

To see this amazing upgrade in action and to discover more about the Frontier platform and how it is the gateway into the digital textile universe, schedule a free demo by clicking on the button below. We can't wait to show you how it works!

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2021-11-03