In fashion and apparel, as well as in upholstery and furniture, a new design is subject to many changes while in developing stage, and these changes are generated by many contributors.
Tracing back these changes, who did it and why, and having the possibility to roll back the product design to a point and have a different approach is an important feature which today is solved by general purpose tools and methods, usually by storing versions of files at different moments. This method is not efficient and does not meet the minimal ergonomics requests to be properly used in these industries.
Gemini CAD Systems introduces Model History and Restore Points system in the Gemini Pattern Designer X19 package. The declared purpose of this feature is to enable traceability and possibility to roll back the model to any significant point in its developing history, as well as to manage different branches of the same design, including differentiated access rights for different users on these branches, all within one single model file.
The system is based on powerful encryption and compressing algorithms and also on the user identification tools provided by MyCAD platform.
How it Works?
During the development of a new product, the Model Owner or other user with appropriate rights can create Restore Points on critical phases and can also create Branches of evolution. Each such branch will have its own final version, one of those final versions being marked as current Active Version. Users can be granted differentiated access to these branches, and their contribution (changes to model) can be traced back to every single action they made from one Restore Point to another.
At any moment, the Model Owner can find out, by checking the model history, who did what and when.
All this information is stored inside one single model file, maintaining an easy way to store and manage models.
What Are the Benefits?
As the manufacturing process becomes more and more automatized, the responsibility for the quality and properties of the final product relies more and more on how it was designed. Therefore, tracing back the changes on the design and associating it with individuals generates responsibility among them and reduces the risk of errors with unknown origin.
The capability to manage several branches of design evolution of a product within one single file enables a faster developing process and exchange of information.