Pattern Digitising Service
Digital Pattern Cutting Services.
To add to our manual pattern cutting service, we now provide a first class digital pattern cutting, grading, marker making, and digitising service.
While digital patterns are not always necessary for our clients, there are occasions where they are required, or simply more cost effective. For those using offshore production, it is far easier to send files, rather than physical patterns.
What Is Pattern Digitising ?
Pattern digitising is the process of transferring a 2D paper pattern into a digital file, by scanning the pattern pieces. This can be done either using a digital camera with a system like Gerber`s Accuscan pattern digitising software, or by manually plotting the shapes.
The three main companies designing professional pattern software for the fashion industry are Gerber, Lectra, and Optitex – All based on CAD technology.
There are some scaled down versions designed for the home sewer, but dont have the same functionality of the professional systems.
Accumark Pattern Design Software
pattern design tools
Adobe Illustrator – Vector drawing program
The paper pattern is placed on a digitising table, and various points along its outline are plotted. The initial
While most small fashion labels still use physical patterns rather than digital files, there are many advantages to using digital pattern files.
If you just need your patterns digitised, just send them to us, and we will be happy to provide this service. You may also be interested in our grading service, or tech pack service.
If you are just grading a few sizes, then there may be no advantage in grading digitally. As half of the work in computer grading is just digitising the patterns, the more sizes you are grading the more cost effective it is.
If you have a large range of sizes, or you need to have several copies, then digital grading may be the best option.
Tech Pack Design.
If you are providing digital pattern and grade files for offshore production, you will probably need a tech pack before they will produce your designs. With UK factories, it is not absolutely essential, but for offshore manufacture it is essential. We provide a professional tech pack service.
In the old days we used to sketch a rough marker on the back of an A4 envelope, or arrange the full sized pattern pieces on a table, then climb on the table to take a polaroid photo. Or if we were especially advanced, we would cut out miniatures of the full size patterns, using a special machine.
Today, we let the computer create a highly accurate marker for us, with very little input.
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