Having and technical CAD design and Tech pack is key to successfully producing great samples and eventually quality product.
Imagine an architect turning up on site to meet the builders with rough sketches and scribbles and some photos of competitive products. The builders wouldn’t have a clue what to do and while they may try their best, the end results would be far removed from the vision the architect had.
This is why architects and sportswear designers need to create very accurate and detailed CAD drawings that are backed up with detailed tach packs and a final BOM (Bill of materials).
Only when a factory receives these can they fully understand exactly what to produce. The tech pack should have all the key measurements to create the block so the patterns cutter can cut these accurately.
The components and trims can be developed or ordered from the correct source with the knowledge they will not only suit the particular design but also function well.
The material will be nominated or specified from a fabric mill so again they will perform for the athlete but also hit the agreed target cost and quality.
Prints, appliques, films, transfers and embroideries will also be specified with scale diagrams and measurement to make sure there isn’t any distortion or quality issues with the application of the branding and prints.
The quality of prints also needs to be determined based on the fabrics they will be applied to and the colours of all components, materials and trims will also need to be specified.
It’s really no different to an architect specifying the size of rooms, walls, windows and doors and then specifying where to purchase these from or how to manufacture them so that the end product represents the vision but also hits the quality and price stipulated at the start of the brief.
If you don’t have technical CAD designs or a tech pack, you can guarantee the factory will need to interpret your vision and it will take much longer and cost a lot more to get to a position you will be happy to go into production. The factory will no doubt need to create a BOM and tech pack for the production line to follow and will calculate the cost to do this into the finished product.
It’s therefore imperative you have these completed before you start to talk to any sportswear factory and ideally the designer would create both the original design, tech pack and BOM and then source and manage the samples and production.
Try not to use a designer to just create the CAD designs and then pass this to someone else to create the tech packs and then a factory to produce the goods. Not only will the vision become diluted as it gets passed around but its key the designer understands where the finished product will be manufactured so that the design represents their skill base and technical ability. They also need to factor in the costs of all the materials and components alongside features and labour and if they don’t understand these, the design will probably not hit the quality or agreed price.
At Blue Associates Sportswear we manage the whole process from initial concept with discuss with our clients through the design, tech packs, BOM, sampling and production to guarantee the vision is never diluted and the final product hits the agreed target price and is produced to the quality and performance required.
Contact us now to discuss your project.