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TUKA3D Removes Touch and Feel Barrier For Digital Development of Apparel

Updated: Aug 19, 2020

By Tukatech

Los Angeles, CA, USA - Tukatech introduces the first feel factor value to fabrics based on a mathematical calculation using bend and surface friction values in all warp, weft, and shear directions. This feature helps in 3D product design as customers can quickly relate fabric feel without having to wait for a physical sample which can delay the development process

What is a feel factor? It is a number which someone may be able to learn and associate in their mind when imagining what the fabric will feel like. The relational value comparison is based on many fabrics familiar to users. This is like understanding a weather report where, for example, the temperature is 56 degrees Fahrenheit but “feels like” 65. This “feels like” conveys that one might feel warmer than the current temperature would indicate. This may be due to various reasons in the environment for that day including wind velocity and humidity. Simply telling the relative humidity is a certain value or that the wind is at a certain velocity does not instantly convey the feel factor of the temperature. However, if it is told that the temperature feels like 65 degrees it instantly conveys what to expect.

A similar analogy has been applied to fabrics for 3D product design. For example, most apparel people know from experience how soft a fine silk scarf feels and know that raw denim or burlap is rough. A number can be assigned to fabrics that will convey to the mind the feel factor of the fabric. If the softest fabric was a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 and the roughest was a 1, then other fabrics fall in between. This determination from most used fabrics now can be classified with reference number for each and a feel factor for new fabric will help the design community to “digitally feel” the fabric while they can see the drape and movement of fabric in TUKA3D. These values can then be tabulated and the mean for each fabric taken and assigned to that fabric.

“What do you feel when someone say it feels soft like baby’s skin, or it tastes too salty, or the sound is too loud. As humans, we do have our sensory abilities to predict taste or listening on a decibel factor, same senses can relate these feel factor to predict the feel of fabrics by comparison numbers of known fabrics. We wanted to give designers the feel factor to help speed up the product development process in digital format, as well as give consumers the ability to digitally feel the fabric before making their purchase,” explains Ram Sareen, CEO-Founder of Tukatech.

For more information about our latest fabric feel factor feature, TUKA3D, or any other solutions, please email

About Tukatech - Tukatech was founded in 1995 with the objective to have pattern makers create patterns digitally on the computer. On their silver anniversary, Tukatech is an influential fashion technology company known worldwide for innovative solutions and superior technical support. They are the industry's leading provider of award winning CAD (TUKAcad), Automatic Marker Making (SMARTmark), and 3D software (TUKA3D virtual fit and sampling and TUKA3D Designer Edition Visualizer) and machinery for product development, cloud collaboration, and garment manufacturing. Visit us at:

This press release was published by Tukatech Inc. June 22, 2020.

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