BFD enables the transformation of a fabric inspiration into a fabric specification, creating processes and applications to better identify, manage, monetize, and leverage fabric assets. It incorporates a set of modules that digitize six attributes of a textile, thus creating a model suitable for both design and manufacturing end-users. These six attributes are 1) Appearance (A), 2) Construction (C), 3) Hand (H), 4) Drape (D), 5) Performance (P), and 6) Manufacturing Feasibility (F).
An identifier based on a logical construction hierarchy, like Single Knit Jersey 188.8.131.52
Scan an unknown fabric and derive machine set-up data and yarn options
Assign a “Total Hand” value along with numbers for each sub-attribute
Assign a “Total Drape” value along with numbers for each sub-attribute
Record standard testing values in a Black Swan End-Use Test Protocol for known fabrics at the mill
Assign an overall rating along with data associated with each metric to classify the manufacturing complexity of a given fabric