New age of digital materials

At colormass we spent more than 5 years developing and perfecting our PBR scanning technology. When we say scanning we don't mean capturing a simple image: we mean capturing thousands of measurements on a sample to record the true physical nature of the material.

Customer story

Digitization of the complete backlog

Designtex compared multiple services by capturing the same materials to produce the same images with different scanning technologies. In the end, colormass’s technology outperformed capturing of physical properties and we feel honored that we were selected as CGI partner.

"Providing a holistic approach that seemed almost too good to be true, colormass proved itself to be the right partner – providing excellent technical capabilities in material capture, 3D rendering and visualization."

Kendall Todd, Senior Manager, Product Launch

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Customer story

Selling transport fabrics in the digitial age

Showcasing hundreds of fabric options on bus seats is not an easy task. Camira tasked colormass to create the initial proof of concept configurator that allows it's customers to configure any selection of materials.

""We have an exciting partnership with one of Europe’s leading 3D experts, colormass. Based in Berlin and specialists in the furniture industry, they have created a number of images for both ourselves and our customers – perfectly capturing the intricate detail necessary for furniture and textile photography."

Karl Hallam, Group Marketing Manager

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Deep technology

Meet the colormass material scanner that is unmatched in realism and throughput.

At colormass we spent more than 5 years developing and perfecting our scanning technology. When we say scanning we don't mean capturing a simple image: we mean capturing thousands of measurements on a sample to record the true physical nature of the material.

Not all PBR scanners are created equal

When you choose a scanner technology to digitize your fabrics/materials it is important to know that PBR material scanning is more a general term and when it comes to the quality of the final output these technologies can be quite different even if their name is the same.

They can be split into two categories based on how complex their capture and fitting algorithm is:

  • Simple scanning
  • Complex scanning

The first difference that is easy to see is simple scanning takes around 10-20 min to capture and generate a digital material while complex fitting can take up to 8-12 hours until the final digital material is captured and generated. More importantly the real difference is the quality of the final visuals, see a comparison below.

Comparison

On the left we created two images that showcase the difference between a simple and complex material digitization technology. (To be able to better compare the two images please click on them and use your left and right key to switch between the two images.)

The first image is rendered by using a simple digitization technology (it is a flat image captured by a single camera from the top). It appears similar to the original sample in terms of color and pattern.

It only becomes apparent, when we look at the second image, that the first image lacks all sorts of reflection and geometric details that the original sample has. With the complex material digitization we record the true nature of the fabric so you don't have to worry about what details are missing from your fabric.

See a slider comparison below.

Large patterns without tiling artifacts

Even complex scanning technologies, like XRite - TAC7, are not able to handle samples that are larger than 20cm x 20cm. To our knowledge currently other than our proprietary scanner there is no complex PBR scanning technology out there that is capable of scanning materials of any size without tiling artifacts (like stretches or lines at the border of the scan). The colormass material scanner is the first on the market that can reliably scan complex material properties of large surfaces.

On the left top image you can see an example where the properties were scanned correctly but the pattern was not recorded perfectly along the repeatable pattern so you can see that the pattern is not seamless, there are cuts on the front and on the side of the sofa. On the bottom image you can see our smart tiling technology in action: where the pattern is perfectly seamless.

See a slider comparison below.