In this day and age, computers, smartphones, and wearable tech are commonplace. Everyone has access to high-speed internet, the utility of which extends from entertainment and education to communication and online shopping. While there are some cons, such as privacy issues related to the use of IT, the benefits are immense, so much so that most of us trade-off our privacy for those benefits. The benefits of IT are vast for businesses and art and design.
The textile industry has seen several advancements over the last few decades on account of information technology. These apply not only to designing and manufacturing clothing but also to bedding. As a result, end-users like us get products such as stonewashed linen bed bundles that are better than anything available in the past. Here are a few ways in which IT has improved bed sheet designs.
Artists and textile designers use graphic design programs to draw images for bedsheets. As styluses and pens get better with lower latency, and devices like the iPad Pro hit the market, freehand drawing using these software has become more feasible. These drawings look exactly like ones made on paper, but with added functionality. They can be resized, rotated, and replicated. The designer can change the colors and save the final results for later use.
Printing and Embroidery
Once a motif is ready for printing, IT’s power can be used to create an accurate prototype of the printed fabric. Will the colors and design look just as good on the textured fabric as it does on a computer screen? Powerful software and even 3D printers are now used to illustrate instantaneously how a given print will look on the chosen fabric.
Production of embroidered bedding also benefits a lot from information technologies. Specialized computers take the digital patterns a designer has created and processes them to make them ready for embroidery. All the manufacturer has to do is assign a color to various parts of the design, and an automated stitching machine does the rest. The most significant benefit of this technology is that it speeds up the designing and production processes drastically while improving consistency. This allows artists more time to work on newer designs and saves the manufacturer from quality control nightmares.
Fabric Design and Texture Mapping
Specialized programs allow experimentation to create new threads and see how they would look as knitted fabric. Scanning machines scan existing yarn threads and then send the data to computers to produce realistic results of how a finished cloth would look.
IT technologies allow multiple yarns to be scanned and computed to determine what threads ratio would yield the desired result. And that’s not all! Once a simulation of what the final product looks like is ready, it can be integrated into a 3-D setting. This will give the manufacturer an exact idea of how their newly designed bed sheet will look in the customers’ bedroom.
We are well and truly at the peak of the digital age. Industries such as textiles have recognized that the only way forward is to incorporate IT into their manufacturing and designing processes unless they want to be left behind by the competition.
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