Eastman Machine Company, a provider of cutting machine technologies, and ExactFlat, a provider of 3D to 2D digital patterning software, have announced a collaboration to increase the efficiency of preparing and cutting patterns with digitally printed graphics.
ExactFlat 3D to 2D digital patterning software is a tool set for creating flat patterns with graphics perfectly aligned. Once 2D patterns are created, they can be exported and cut on Eastman’s automated cutting systems equipped with visionPRO—a high-resolution camera system with software algorithms to scan pattern contours. The result is accurate cut paths around printed shapes, registration marks or repeat patterns. Use of both technologies can save days or even weeks of production time. VisionPRO is an accessory available for Eastman’s conveyor and static table cutting systems.
Companies using legacy drape-tape-cut manual pattern making, or those using cutting systems with only 2D CAD will find the new workflow both faster and simpler. The technologies are ideal for realizing design and cutting room efficiencies in apparel and sportswear, display advertising, automotive, upholstered furniture and technical textile workflows.