Grand Rapids, Michigan-based color measurement device maker X-Rite Inc. and its subsidiary, Pantone LLC, were winners at this year’s iF Design Awards for the company’s Total Appearance Capture scanner.
A team of 58 judges, made up of independent experts from all over the world, examined a total of about 5,500 entries and they selected the X-Rite TAC7 scanner as the winner in the computer division of the “product” category.
X-Rite describes the TAC7 scanner as “part of a comprehensive solution that brings a new level of accuracy and realism to the capture, communication and digital presentation of physical materials in the virtual world.
“The TAC7 scanner is part of a full ecosystem that addresses a key challenge in product design-the ability to accurately capture and virtualize today’s increasingly complex materials such as special effect paints and synthetic fabrics. TAC brings virtual designs to life with digital material representations that are truly physically correct. Using the TAC ecosystem, product designers, 3D artists, material specifiers and marketers can scan in physical material samples and create vendor-neutral Appearance Exchange Format (AxFT) files to digitally communicate and share consistent, appearance-related data with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and state-of-the art rendering applications. Incorporating the TAC ecosystem into the digital design process helps to improve design time, reduce approval cycles, and accelerate speed to market.”
Dr. Francis Lamy, executive vice president and chief technology officer for X-Rite, says he and his team were thrilled to win the award and calls the TAC7 “a breakthrough in digital material capture” that has “the potential to transform the product design-to-production process.”
Since 1953, the iF Design Award has been awarded annually by Germany’s oldest independent design organization, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH.