The fabric and seams sould be fairly easy to create and show as texures (appearances). Some fabrics already exist in the Real View library.
The velcro would present more of a problem if you want to show close up details. Do you really need to create the hooks and loops?
Thanks for your reply! I may not need such detail (extreme close up of hooks and loops) - but I know my client will want to see the stitching, seams, double-cloth layered panels, etc.
The short answer to your question is no, I do not need to be THAT exacting. However, it should "indicate" velcro, elastic, etc.
I'm remiss in not attaching a picture of what I've modeled thus far, however that is more a "non-disclosure" issue. Believe me, I'd love to show what I've got thus far.
I created an elliptical path in the top view - cut-open to look like a letter "C" in plan view. I offset that path in both directions (to approximate the cloth thickness in plan view) and extruded those contour in two directions. The result was sufficient to give me 80% of the belt I need...
Now, I must detail that belt structure by adding the patches of reinforcements, straps, velcro closure patches, trim sewing, etc. I believe my next modeling solution will be in sweeping a section contour along a path - the path following the surface contour of the main belt structure.
Once THAT modeling is done, it's the texture - or surface map - I'll need to resemble the cloth and color used in the final product assembly. THAT aspect is where the velcro question comes in.
Naturally, I've explored the built-in cloth textures in the library - grey cotton is the closest "stock" material to an acceptable finish. I don't expect PhotoView360 to be the magic bullet either. Taking the final model into another rendering enviro (such as 3D Studio Max) isn't a viable solution, I don't have that software nor am I adept at using it...
It tis a challenging one, that's for sure... Thanks again for your thoughts.
Have you considered software like Exactflat? (Design with Industrial Fabrics Faster using ExactFlat for SolidWorks )
or otherwise grabcad has some examples of how you might do stitching, https://grabcad.com/library/stitches-technique
let me know how you get on