Look at a fabric simulation on a photo, like the one to left, and chances are you can’t tell the difference from the real thing. My eyes almost popped out when I saw samples of how it’s done at a textile trade show.
Now I use the technology myself, bundled together with amazing software modules for designing print patterns for the textile industry- by NED Graphics.
When I was learning how to create 3D “maps”, I set myself the simple task that you see here. Simulations are a great way to preview designs on a product- not only fabrics, but any product that uses surface design. It can also save costs on prototyping, since a simulation can give you a good idea of the final product.
Perfect Repeats And Color Separation
Another cost-saving feature of designing with this CAD software is that my patterns come in perfect repeat, where there is no need to convert neither design nor file for textile production. My prints are also color separated, so there are no surprises and decisions to be made with regards to hand painted and textured features in the print design.