vPersonalize Inc creates software for 3D visualization, on-demand manufacturing and collaborative design for the apparel industry, using advanced CAD automation, artificial intelligence and other patented technologies. The company’s unified design to manufacturing solution helps brands, designers and manufacturers visualize their design as it would be made and then manufacture it exactly as visualized, dramatically cutting down on cost and time to market for personalized apparel, accessories and footwear. Below is our interview with Lee Hagelshaw, Co-Founder and CFO of vPersonalize:
Q: You’ve recently announced the first integrated 3D design and manufacturing automation software for one-off, small batch and on-demand manufacturing; could you tell us something more?
A: Using a portfolio of patented technologies, vPersonalize Inc delivers the only design to manufacturing automation solutions that makes small batch and custom manufacturing viable at regular price points. The cloud-based platform provides the ability to quickly choose from a catalog of pre-made products or digitize one’s own custom products and then design, proof or co-create and have them automatically converted into size-graded, ready-for-production patterns. Designs can be transferred automatically across entire product lines, generating multiple SKUs across different styles, materials, and sizes instantly.
Q: How are you different from your competition?
A: Based on years of research and understanding the pain points of manufacturing, our patented real 3D designer and manufacturing automation software helps designers easily visualize products in real 3D, as they will be manufactured. We are also the only product designer that gets you production ready patterns, to create exactly what was visualized. In short, our product is user friendly and has unique and patented features that doesn’t exist elsewhere.
Q: What products and services do you offer to your clients?
A: We are first and foremost a software company. However beyond our software, we understand manufacturing and our clients’ needs in building out a more efficient process. As a result, we provide a variety of products and services from software, textile engineering (pattern making, grading, color matching, RIP) to manufacturing, production and automation. Our cloud-based platform provides the ability to quickly choose from a catalog of pre-made products or digitize one’s own custom products and then design, proof or co-create and have them automatically converted into size-graded, ready-for-production patterns.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Looking ahead, vPersonalize will grow both geographically and across multiple segments and industries. We see the potential business impact of our software going beyond apparel, bringing benefits to multiple other sectors, including toys, decor, jewelry, and athletic equipment.