||File Format Will Enable CAD Pattern Exchange Worldwide
Members of ASTM Subcommittee D13.66 on Apparel and Sewn Product
Automation are spinning bobbins in the sewing industry with plans
to develop a standard computer file format for pattern data exchange.
When sewing patterns are converted to the proposed format, previously
incompatible pattern data can be exchanged by computer-aided design
(CAD) systems around the world.
Part of Committee D13 on Textiles, D13.66 was formed in March 00 to standardize the
automation process of apparel and sewn products from design to
finished product. Broad interest is evident from the array of
stakeholders working on this activity; subcommittee members include
product and pattern designers, manufacturing engineers, software
designers, programmers, user-company contracting, sourcing, and
manufacturing managers, as well as customer service, sales, and
suppliers reps. Additional input from end-users in the sewn-products
industry, such as CAD software producers and programmers, is invited.
The proposed standard file format for pattern data exchange was
launched seven years ago by the American Apparel Manufacturers
Association and recently brought to ASTM, explained Kurt Chang,
an industrial engineer with myfit.com, Seattle, Wash., who chairs
the task group that is developing the format. Upon its completion,
he said, it will improve production in huge markets.
Comments may be directed to Kurt Chang, Apt. 3C, 1562 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10128-3147 (212/289-7965;
fax: 212/289-6014). Committee D13 meets March 25-28 in Phoenix,
Ariz. For meeting information, contact Staff Manager Bode Hennegan, ASTM (610/832-9740). //
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