EFI enhances Optitex software

Richard Stuart-Turner
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

EFI has released the latest version of its Optitex 2D/3D CAD platform, offering a number of enhancements for fashion, apparel and textiles.

Launched last week at Texprocess 2019 in Frankfurt, EFI said the new version of the software has been designed to give apparel manufacturers the ability to produce small mixed orders on a single roll, better address market trends and offer increased sustainability in fashion design and development.

Features include advanced automation tools including true-to-life fabric simulation, cross-size simulation and multi-colourway, multi-angle rendering.

There are also new tools to simplify complex stitching, improved grading, ease of design for bags and pockets, an expanded library of 150 commonly used fabrics, and an improved user interface.

The new Print and Cut option for complete garment printing on a single roll is said to enable “significant savings” in fabric roll inventory, while an improved nesting algorithm increases fabric utilisation by up to 4%.

“This is a really powerful solution. The benefit is that it increases the efficiency of the process by 15% and optimises the nesting,” said EFI Reggiani vice-president and general manager Adele Genoni.

EFI Optitex general manager Amir Lehr added the new release enables full design-to-production preparation to be automated.

“It offers the necessary efficiencies required to meet market requirements for faster time to market, accuracy, customisation and personalisation, as well as profitable and timely production of small mixed orders,” he said.

Earlier this month EFI further bolstered its textiles business with the acquisition of BDR Boya Kimya, a Turkish manufacturer of reactive inkjet inks for industrial digital textiles printing.


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