From the digital development of prototypes, to ultra-modern software solutions for the entire production process, to modular and automated cutting: these are the central elements of the joint debut of Zünd and Mind which, at the fair, presented complete solutions specifically developed for the footwear industry.
Latest generation software solutions and cutting systems dedicated to the entire process chain, from the development to the production department: therefore from design to modelling, from the development of prototypes with MindCAD 2D/3D, to the calculation of costs and materials, up to automated cutting.
From the sketch of the idea to the prototype, everything takes place digitally and efficiently and no longer in an analogue, complex and expensive way, both in terms of materials and costs. Zünd simplifies the manufacturing process and offers software solutions designed to ensure an efficient digital development process without physical prototypes, as well as offering an extraordinarily simple solution for the detection and qualification of leathers and the subsequent nesting of the parts to be cut.
Moreover, if the key factor is the time taken to perform the cut, Zünd offers highly modular solutions and automated material feeding systems for cutting leather, synthetic and printed fabrics and also rigid materials for the soles.
The perimeters and cutting paths are automatically optimised with MindCut Studio, based on the choice of material and tool, in combination with intelligent projection solutions for the visualisation of the parts to be cut.
THE COLLABORATION WITH MIND
The purpose of the research conducted by Mind, partner of Zünd, is to overcome the inefficiencies of the creation process of a shoe prototype using only digital tools that are integrated with each other, so as to create a smooth and effortless workflow.
Mind ShoeDesign, whose release is scheduled for July 2020, plans to include all the features required by the world’s largest shoe manufacturers, is the latest tool developed.
Here is how the workflow for the production of footwear imagined by Mind will be structured:
The idea: Mind ShoeDesign
Mind ShoeDesign is a software that enables shoe designers to quickly create a 2D drawing of a shoe, and then immediately display it in 3D. With the support of the Substance application to check the yield of materials, designers can easily test different patterns and at the same time easily change the components, to obtain the desired result.
Modelling: MindCAD 3D Design & Engineering
Starting from a concept coming from Mind ShoeDesign, or from a simple last, the designer can create very precise uppers and soles using MindCAD 3D. MindCAD 3D is the tool for modelling shoes, built on decades of experience in the sector. Using MindCAD 3D, a designer or a 3D engineer, can create a photo-realistic model of any type of shoe.
Engineering: MindCAD 2D Modelling for footwear
Starting from a MindCAD 3D model, or from scratch, MindCAD 2D allows the creation (or modification) of style lines, through its powerful and intuitive 2D tools. The digitisation of structure and pattern is very simplified thanks to the use of a flatbed scanner and/or the insertion of data via a 2D tablet.
Costs: MindGEST cost assessment
It enables an operator to dynamically assess and optimise the cost components of the production life cycle – from the simulation of pre-production to the final production cost – for the complete size range, facilitating the realisation of the various projects in time and within given budgets.
Production: MindCUT Studio
MindCUT Studio enables an operator to acquire a material (through photography), to interactively or automatically position the parts, cut these parts based on pre-set cutting patterns according on the type of material and, finally, help an operator to choose these parts through visual aids.
Mind’s constant research and development has also led to the creation of MindCUT for Pattern Matching, which allows the system to recognise complex patterns (including distortions) and the operator to accurately position the pieces, taking into account these patterns and distortions. It has also led to the creation of MindCUT for Printed Cut, which, depending on the type of material and the elements printed on it, offers different approaches for the recognition, correspondence and control of the cut.