Despite the fact that most apparel CAD and pre-press software applications are quite performant, the above-mentioned process does not actually take place like this in most companies producing digital printed sportswear. This happens for the very simple reason that the apparel CAD and pre-press applications do no interact and cannot cooperate to do the job.
In reality, most producers use an apparel CAD solution to design and cut the parts from white fabric. In a totally separate process, they prepare the graphics and print them to paper. Grading is done by manually scaling the graphics to match the altered dimensions of the patterns. Positioning the white pieces of fabric onto the printed paper is made purely by hand, involving high production costs.
For the first time, GeminiCAD introduces the PDFtoPATTERN plugin for the Pattern Designer software. Producing custom-made sportswear with digital printing has never been easier. Graphics are imported, in PDF format, directly into the CAD application.