TEXTILE
INNOVATION LAB
(TIL)

DAAP-room 6461

Due to Covid19 lab capacity is limited. Please view the schedule, sign up for a timeslot.

The TIL contains textile tech equipment and software used for textile design and prototype development. Review the list of available equipment below. If you need training, please follow the steps on the Sign-up + Training page.

EQUIPMENT

EPSON SURE COLOR F6200 DYE SUBLIMATION DIGITAL FABRIC PRINTER

Uses a dye sublimation process, it transfers ink from paper onto polyester or PVA blended fabric/materials ONLY. Epson prints in a maximum width of 44 inches. and indefinite length. Print a test strip 6 x 44 inch prior to the final print file and use it to calibrate the heat settings for your material.


Using the Sublimation Printer

INDUSTRIAL HEAT CALENDAR

This machine can quickly press fabric yardage, be used to apply heat-transfer vinyls, and transfer your digital print design from sublimation paper to polyester materials.

Using the Heat Calendar

INDUSTRIAL HEAT PRESS

Heat Press should be set to 350 degrees for 1:20. Heat Press’s degree and time can be adjusted according to manufacturer standards for vinyl transfers.


Using the Heat Press

ELNA 970

SEVEN-THREAD AUTOMATED EMBROIDERY MACHINE

This machine can embroider 7 colors automatically. This machine requires that you set-up your design file with the Artistic Digitizer software, available on the desktop computers in 6461. Save your prepared artwork file as a JPG file format to a jump drive, and insert it into the ELNA 970 console...


Using ELNA 970

PFAFF 8312 ULTRASONIC WELDING MACHINE

Ultrasonic welding is a modern, innovative and economic alternative and complementary to conventional sewing technology that fuses materials together using ultrasonic vibration, creating a durable seal. If you are assembling laminates, clothing fabrics with high share of polymeric fiber and/or technical nonwovens, ultrasonic welding using the PFAFF 8312 is a great alternative to conventional needle sewing. This welder can fuse and cut seams in several different patterns.


Using the Ultrasonic Machines

PFAFF 8303I CONTINUOUS SEAM SEALER (NOW LOCATED IN THE RAPID PROTOTYPING CENTER)

Ultrasonic welding is a modern, innovative and economic alternative and complementary to conventional sewing technology that fuses materials together using ultrasonic vibration, creating a durable seal. This machine is a hot-air taping machine for welding continuous seams on water-resistant, waterproof and breathable materials. It is ideal for waterproofing zippers, felled seams on footwear, soft goods or outerwear. It is also useful for adding reflective or other fusible tapes to garments and other soft goods applications.


Using the Ultrasonic Machines

CRICUT MAKER MACHINE + DESIGN SPACE

This machine is an automated cutting machine for paper, stick-on vinyl, iron-on heat transfers, cardstock, poster board, and specific lightweight fabrics. This machine uses the online Cricut Design Space for file setup. (self training). Bring your own Cricut-brand materials- These can be purchased at craft stores or online. https://design.cricut.com/


Using the Cricut Cutter

JANOME 300E EMBROIDERY MACHINE

This is a single-thread automated embroidery machine that requires design set up using the Artistic Digitizer or digitizer junior software. It features 100 built-in designs, and includes 2 different hoop sizes.


Using the Janome 300E

JANOME MEMORY CRAFT 6600 EMBROIDERY MACHINE

This machine does one-color manual freehand embroidery. It contains loads of features created for quilters, including layered fabric feeding. It has 163 built-in stitches, including alphabet/monogramming, automated buttonholes and specialized stitch features.


Using the Janome 6600

JANOME FM-725 NEEDLE FELTING MACHINE

The FM-725 is a needle felting machine - it does not sew, but uses barbed needles to mesh fabrics together. The fibers mingle to create new color and texture combinations that simply cannot be achieved with embroidery, applique, or any other kind of needlework.


Using the Janome FM-725

MACOMBER 4-HARNESS FLOOR LOOM

Traditional upright weaving loom, for machine for weaving fabrics up to 36” in width. Requires 2 weeks reservation for warp setup and training (signup in TIL)


Using the Weaving Looms

BABYWOLF 6-HARNESS FLOOR LOOM

Traditional folding upright weaving loom, for machine for weaving fabrics up to 24” in width. Requires 2 weeks reservation for warp setup and training (signup in TIL)


Using the Weaving Looms

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WARPING BOARDS + YARN SPOOLERS

The TIL has one 15 YD warping board and one 5 YD warping board. These are used to organize your warp yarns in preparation for setting up your weaving loom.

There are also two yarn swifts and two ball winders for organizing and spooling your yarns.


Using the Warping Boards + Yarn Spooler

KNITERATE AUTOMATED KNITTING MACHINE

This is a compact digital knitting machine with a 6-yarn automated feed. It uses the Kniterate Software that can be accessed through the Kniterate portal online (self-training).

Estimated Arrival: Jan 2022

https://www.kniterate.com/

M620 AMSCOPE MICROSCOPE

40X to 2500X magnification for studying a range of specimens including fibers, cells and micro surfaces.

Monitor and capture photos and videos with the included 1.3 MP digital eyepiece camera. Professional microscopy software for Windows and mac provide tools for image processing, measuring, and more.


PLUGABLE 250X DIGITAL USB MICROSCOPE

250x magnification microscope can be plugged directly into any device's USB ports. Features on screen views of microscopic images.


SOFTWARE

KALEDO Print

Software for developing print and pattern designs for textiles with elaborate color reduction, coordinates and colorway functions:

  • Work in true or reduced color, clean images and define or modify print repeats interactively

  • Paint your own designs or make corrections using the extensive creative brush library

  • Use Draping Studio to create realistic 2D mapped simulations for presentations or look books


KALEDO Knit

Software to develop true to life structured knit designs using 3D stitches and yarns:

  • Select and create custom yarns via the dynamic 3D yarn studio

  • Set and vary knit panel size and yarn gauge easily and transform graphics to knits

  • Automatically create reports for fast and accurate knit specifications


KALEDO Weave

Award winning woven design software to develop custom woven designs:

  • Design stripes and complex wovens freehand or with precise technical tools

  • Select and modify yarns and weave patterns and adjust weave density interactively

  • Select and create custom yarns via the dynamic 3D yarn studio

ARTISTIC DIGITIZER EMBROIDERY DESIGN SOFTWARE

Create and embellish any project easily with this robust embroidery software. You can create original designs, add personal touches, choose from a plentiful selection of digitizing options, advanced editing features, crystal work, quilting motifs and more.

  • Create representative 3D models of your embroidery designs

  • Engineer embroidery designs to pattern shapes

  • Select colors and run automation simulations to check your design before stitching

CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

Design Space is a free, easy-to-learn design software. It’s cloud-based so you can access your files from any device, any time. Use Cricut Design Space to set up files for the Cricut Cutter Machine.


Using the Cricut Design Space

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The lab is also home for other resources listed below -available for students during open lab hours...


  • Textiles Resource Library + Swatch Wall (room 6465)

  • Group meeting/brainstorming space with magnetic whiteboards + screen

  • Tools and machine accessories

  • Steamer

  • Self-healing spreading/cutting table

  • Books and magazines on textiles