Fabric and Apparel Pattermakers are Quickly Becoming Extinct
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statics, the Fabric and Apparel industry is projected to lose 2100 or roughly 36% of the currently employed patternmakers by 2020. This is a huge problem because:
- You can't make apparel or garments without precise patterns
- The traditional manual methods for pattern creation requires skilled patternmakers
- Skills patternmakers are becoming extinct
To address this issue apparel manufacturers are making the transition to 3D digital design and pattern making. This move allows them to use their existing staff (or to hire from the readily available community of 3D CAD users) to capture their visions as 3D designs and then to convert them into 2D patterns and production materials in minutes.
The question is why are you waiting to make the change? What is the possible benefit in delaying this decision? What must occur before this becomes a crisis in your business?
Implementing 3D design and digital pattern making is a simple way to avoid the potentially devastating loss of business tied to the eventual decline of skilled designers and pattern makers. It also provides a way to boost your company's profitability right now with the staff you already have. Current digital patterning software solutions make it easy for virtually anyone on your team to convert fashions or technical textile designs into 2D patterns and then to send them directly to your automated cutters and printers for on-demand production.
If you want to learn more about how to add the advantages of a 3D digital process to your pattern making efforts just give us a call.