【CLO/3D】Introduction to CLO, 3DCAD tool for apparel business – How to install

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

CLO

CLO

What is CLO

CLO is a 3DCAD tool for the apparel business provided by CLO Virtual Fashion Inc. It can perform clothing simulations based on 2D patterns for 3D model datas, and users can check dress silhouettes and wearing feelings without creating physical toiles and samples.
You can also export the 3D dress model data using the dressing simulation, and use it for 3DCG character dresses, and use it for games and VR.

3 Merits of CLO

I will introduce the 3 merits 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, results of changing colors, textures, cloth materials, so it will shorten the period of 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.

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

CLO内で、パターンデータが作成可能なのはもちろんのこと、現在アパレル業界で使われているアパレル用のCADデータ(東レが提供している「パターンマジックⅡ」など)とも互換性があります。互換性のある拡張子を用いることで、パターンを引くところまでは既存のアパレルCAD、3Dでの着装はCLOのように柔軟なワークフローの構築が可能です。

Using 3D data

CLO × VRoid × STYLY

CLO × VRoid × STYLY

CLO can export model data of 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, and becomes a new type of asset.

System requirements

Now 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, Windows 10

Recommended

CPU: Intel Processor Corei7 3.0Ghz以上

・RAM: 16GB or more

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

Harddrive open 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以上

・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.

Harddrive open space: 20GB or more

How to install

Create Account

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

Price Plans

There are 3 different price plans.

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

Download

TRIAL DOWNLOAD

There is a trial for CLO, so you can try the software freely for 30 days after your account creation.
Perhaps you should try out CLO within the trial period, and then choose the price plan best suited for your uses.

TRIAL DOWNLOAD

TRIAL DOWNLOAD

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

Download

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

Download①

Download①

Click [Account Icon], and open the dropdown menu.

Download②

Download②

Open the [DASHBOARD] from the account menu.

Download③

Download③

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

 

Install①

Install①

After your download is complete and click the installer, a screen like this will open up.
This is the Mac install screen.
※ To learn how to install for Windows, please refer to this article.

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

 

Install②

Install②

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

 

Install③

Install③

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 popup, so type in your [User ID] and [Password], and [login].
If you turn the [Save Password] checkbox on, the user ID and password will be saved, so it might be useful.

 

Settings

Settings

For your first boot, a initial settings window will popup, so 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].
With these steps, you have installed, logged in, and set the initial settings for CLO.

The basic Ui and the 7 modes

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

UI Areas

3D screen

3D GARMENT Window

3D GARMENT Window

Screen to simulate the dress, and check it from 360 degrees

2D screen

2D Pattern Window

2D Pattern Window

Screen to create, edit, and stitch patterns

Object browser screen

Object Browser Window

Object Browser Window

Screen to check each element of the patterns, cloth, and stitches

Attribute editor screen

Property Editor Window

Property Editor Window

Screen to check and set the attributions(properties) of each element

Library screen

Library Window

Library Window

Screen to open each CLO file, or register folders you use often

History screen

History Window

History Window

Screen that your work history is recorded

7 modes of CLO

Simulation

SIMULATION Mode

SIMULATION Mode

Mode to create and edit in a 2D screen, or simulate dresses in 3D

Animation

ANIMATION Mode

ANIMATION Mode

Mode to record, play, edit, and export dress animations

Print Layout

PRINT LAYOUT Mode

PRINT LAYOUT Mode

Mode to check pattern positions and approximate scales of the cloth fabric based on the pattern

Color way

COLORWAY Mode

COLORWAY Mode

Mode to set different color variations to a dress

Comment

COMMENT Mode

COMMENT Mode

Mode to add dress explanations and edit notes as comments

Emulator

EMULATOR Mode

EMULATOR Mode

Mode to use the CLO physical property measuring instrument and digitalize the cloth

Modular

MODULAR Mode

MODULAR Mode

Mode to design freely by combining, transforming the configurator block patterns

 

In this article, I introduced CLO, how to install it, and the UI.
In my next article, I plan to explain how to use CLO in more depth.
I hope you install CLO, and try using it.