[CLO/3D] Introduction to CLO – A 3D CAD Tool for the Apparel Business – How to Install

In this article, I will introduce a 3D CAD tool for the apparel business called CLO. I will explain about the payment plans, how to download and install it, and the UI. CLO has different modes which you need to know for basic operations.

CLO

CLO

What is CLO

CLO is a 3D CAD tool for the apparel business provided by CLO Virtual Fashion Inc. CLO can perform clothing simulations based on 2D patterns and 3D models Users can check dress silhouettes and understand the feelings about the clothing without creating physical samples.
You can also export the 3D dress model data using the dressing simulation and use this data on 3DCG characters.

3 Merits of CLO

I will introduce 3 merits for using CLO.

Increased Productivity

SLASH YOUR LEAD TIMES (copyright CLO Virtual Fashion Inc.)

SLASH YOUR LEAD TIMES (copyright CLO Virtual Fashion Inc.)

By using CLO, users can immediately simulate different 2D patterns. Changing colors, textures, and cloth materials can shorten the time for creating samples.
According to the official site, the lead time of creating dress samples can be reduced from 37 days to 27 hours.

Data Compatibility with Apparel CAD

パターンマジックⅡ Copyright © 2019 TORAY Advanced Computer Solution, INC.

Pattern Magic Ⅱ Copyright © 2019 TORAY Advanced Computer Solution, INC.

Not only can pattern data be created in CLO, but also other apparel CAD data that is currently used in the apparel industry can be used with CLO (such as “Pattern Magic II” provided by Toray). By using this compatible extension, it is possible to construct a flexible workflow for wearing existing apparel using 3D CAD.

Using 3D Data

CLO × VRoid × STYLY

CLO × VRoid × STYLY

CLO can export model data for dressing simulations as CG data to CG tools like Blender, MAYA, Cinema4D, and game engines like Unity.
By creating 3DCG from pattern data, the data can be used by virtual influencers and VTubers making this type of data an asset.

System Requirements

Now that you know what CLO is, let’s check the system requirements for installing CLO.
The system requirements for CLO are written below.

Windows

System Requirements for Windows

Official Supported OS

Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1, and Windows 10

Recommended

CPU: Intel Processor Corei7 3.0Ghz or higher

・RAM: 16GB or more

・GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or higher (not including the Quadro series)

Hard Drive available space: 20GB or more

Mac

System Requirements for Mac

Official Supported OS

Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra

Recommended

・Model: 2018 MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, iMac i7 3.0 GHz or higher

・RAM: 16GB or more

・GPU: AMD Radeon PRO 580 (4GB RAM) or higher (A Graphics card better than G3D Mark 7000), latest drivers, 4GB or more graphic memory.

Hard Drive available space: 20GB or more

How to Install

Create an Account

Select a price plan, and create an account from the official page.
After you create your account, click [MY PAGE] > [LICENSE] > [MY LICENSE], then the DOWNLOAD button to download it.

Price Plans

There are 3 different price plans.

  MONTHLY YEARLY
INDIVIDUALS 50 USD 450 USD
SMALL BUSINESS 600 USD 5,400 USD
ENTERPRISE Contact information from the official page
https://www.clo3d.com/business/business_solution
 

Download

TRIAL DOWNLOAD

There is a trial download available for CLO, so you can try the software for free for 30 days after you finish creating an account.
If you are not sure that this software is right for you, then try out CLO for the 30 day trial period.

TRIAL DOWNLOAD

TRIAL DOWNLOAD

After you create your account, click on the [TRIAL DOWNLOAD] bordered in red and download the installer.

Download

If you want to download after payment, you can download the application here.

Download①

Download ①

Click on the [Account Icon] and open the drop down menu.

Download②

Download ②

Open the [DASHBOARD] from the account menu.

Download③

Download ③

Click on the download button in the [LICENSE] list and download the installer.

 

Install①

Install ①

After your download is complete, click on the installer. A screen like the one shown will appear.
This is the Mac install screen.
※ To learn how to install CLO for Windows, please refer to this article.

Drag & Drop the CLO application icon to the Applications folder.

 

Install②

Install ②

You will need to agree to the terms of service, so click [Yes].

 

Install③

Install ③

You will need to agree again, so click [Yes].

 

Log in

Log in

After you agree to the terms of service, the login screen will appear. Type in your [User ID] and [Password], and [Login].

 

Settings

Settings

For your first boot, an initial settings window will appear, choose the [language] you prefer. If you don’t have any other preferences, you can just keep the other options as is. After you are ready, press [OK].

After completing these steps, you have successfully installed, logged in, and set the initial settings for CLO.

The Basic UI and the 7 Modes

After you have successfully installed CLO, you need to set up the UI for basic operations and learn about the 7 modes of CLO.

UI Areas

3D Screen

3D GARMENT Window

3D GARMENT Window

This screen allows you to simulate the dress and check it from 360 degrees.

2D Screen

2D Pattern Window

2D Pattern Window

The screen allows you to create, edit, and stitch patterns.

Object Browser Screen

Object Browser Window

Object Browser Window

This screen allows you to check each element of the pattern, cloth, and stitches.

Attribute Editor Screen

Property Editor Window

Property Editor Window

This screen allows you to check and set the attributions (properties) of each element.

Library Screen

Library Window

Library Window

This screen allows you to open each CLO file or register folders you use often.

History Screen

History Window

History Window

This screen allows you to view your recorded work history.

7 Modes of CLO

Simulation

SIMULATION Mode

SIMULATION Mode

This mode allows you to create and edit in a 2D screen or simulate dresses in 3D.

Animation

ANIMATION Mode

ANIMATION Mode

This mode allows you to record, play, edit, and export dress animations.

Print Layout

PRINT LAYOUT Mode

PRINT LAYOUT Mode

This mode allows you to check pattern positions and approximate scales of the cloth fabric based on the pattern.

Color Way

COLORWAY Mode

COLORWAY Mode

This mode allows you to set different color variations to a dress.

Comment

COMMENT Mode

COMMENT Mode

This mode allows you to add dress explanations and edit notes as comments.

Emulator

EMULATOR Mode

EMULATOR Mode

This mode allows you to use the CLO physical property measuring instrument and digitalize the cloth.

Modular

MODULAR Mode

MODULAR Mode

This mode allows you to design freely by combining and transforming the configurator block patterns.

 

In this article, I introduced CLO and how to install it. I also gave a brief explanation about the UI.
In my next article, I plan to explain how to use CLO in more depth.
I hope you install CLO, and try to use it for your next project.

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