Centric Software Pioneers 3D PLM for Long-term Market Recovery
Centric PLM's complete 3D workflow from design to sampling to e-commerce is designed to cut costs and speed time to market.
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September 8, 2020
Centric Software, a product lifecycle management (PLM) software developer, has created 3D PLM technology for an end-to-end PLM-connected 3D workflow.
“Brands need to transition from their existing physical workflow to a fully digital collaborative ecosystem to cut costs, reduce timelines, maintain business-critical operations amid restrictions and open new workstreams that leverage digital assets,” explains Ron Watson, VP Product Development at Centric Software.
“Centric PLM facilitates end-to-end 3D design and product development within PLM. It's the only complete 3D PLM workflow on the market and enables our brands and retailers to use 3D assets for ideation, design and fit reviews, tech pack development, requests for quotation and co-creation with suppliers,” Watson adds. “We have applied key learnings from developing our Adobe Illustrator Connect, which enables designers to work within their native environment while directly connected to Centric PLM. Similarly, our vision was to create the same seamless 3D workflow with leading 3D CAD software directly connect to Centric PLM so 3D assets are available throughout all stages of product development.”
Centric 3D Connect integrates with 3D design applications such as Browzwear, EFI Optitex and CLO.
“Users of Centric 3D Connect replace physical sample iterations with digital revisions,” says Watson. “This reduces waste and costs to make companies more sustainable and profitable. By integrating 3D digital assets that are updated in PLM in real time, users automatically push data changes downstream, saving considerable time and effort on manual data entry. Teams can share photo-realistic renders of products across multiple channels and collaborate efficiently with suppliers, using PLM as the platform to perfect digital product concepts, designs, and production details.”
Centric 3D PLM also features a 3D viewer that allows users to see the texture, drape and physics of materials and sample 3D designs, apply new colors or prints, take snapshots and mark up these images with comments in Centric's canvas templates to provide immediate feedback to suppliers or design teams. 3D images can also be exported for marketing or e-commerce purposes. The 3D viewer allows everyone to interact with 3D objects at all stages of the supply chain workflow without placing extra demands on design and product development teams.
“We are proud to be the first PLM provider to develop a complete end-to-end 3D workflow within PLM,” says Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric Software. “3D design and virtual sampling is the way of the future for companies who aim to shorten product lifecycles and need their teams to collaborate effectively without depending on physical samples and infrastructure. Centric's 3D capabilities are an important contributor to market recovery for our customer-partners as they strategically rethink how to do business, now and in the long term.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.