WEARABLE FUTURES LAB (WFL)
The FTC Labs will be closed until the start of Spring 2024 semester. New hours will be posted beginning Monday, January 8th.
This lab contains specialty machinery, tools and software for developing tech-enabled fashion. Review the list of available equipment below. If you need training, please follow the steps on the Sign-up + Training page.
WACOM CINTIQ PRO COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS
5 Wacom Cintiq Pro computer workstations allow for easy digital drawing. Each computer workstation is equipped with specialized apparel and textile design software. You can check out a Pro Pen (stylus) from a Lab team member by filling out the checkout form and return it to a lab team member.
CALCOMP PATTERN DIGITIZATION TABLET
The CalComp Roll-Up digitizer is used to digitize physical patterns. Digitized patterns can be digitall modified, graded into multiple sizes, exported as true-to-scale shapes for pattern engineering and pattern plotting.
VELOCITY PATTERN PLOTTER/CUTTER
Plot and cut your digital patterns with the Velocity pattern plotter. The plotter measures the paper for your pattern, print it, and cut out automatically. Plotting/cutting cost is $0.25 per linear inch (max width 49" wide)
ALVANON HALF-SCALE + FULL SCALE DRESSFORMS
12 half-scale, and 2 full-scale Missy Curvy size 6 Alvaforms are available for use in the FTC. Alvanon performs scan studies around the world using various 3D body scanning methods focusing not only on size but body shapes.
LINK to Instruction Manual
WELLER SOLDERING PROTOTYPING STATIONS
Two soldering irons and workstations are available to students for connecting wearable electronic components and other fine metalwork. Training is required.
OPTITEX 2D DIGITAL PATTERN DESIGN + 3D
Optitex PDS19 is a digital pattern design software with 3D virtual fit features. The software offers complete design, rendering, fabric mapping, pattern size grading and marker layout features, as well as 3D virtual runway options for presentation of final work. This software is available on the computer workstations in the WFL labs. and by remote access from your home computer.
Using PDS19 + Training Information
ALVA VIRTUAL FORM
The Alva Virtual form is a digital representation of the Alvaforms. This can be used with 3D modeling software for fitting patterns developed using the Alva half scale forms or to be fit to the Full-scale Alvaform. Garment designs are fitted on the Virtual AlvaForms, manipulated and edited in 3D design environments, and shared across the supply chain as initial prototypes before developing actual physical samples.
LECTRA KALEDO TEXTILE DESIGN SUITE SOFTWARES
Lectra Kaledo Textile Design Suite includes software for Print and pattern design and color reduction and print development, knit fabric development and 3D digital panel simulation, 3D woven digital panel design and simulation and styling software for laying out lookbooks with garment print fills and colorways.
ARTISTIC DIGITIZER EMBROIDERY DESIGN SOFTWARE
The Artistic Digitizer software is used to convert your vector based artwork or in to stitches or start from scratch to create embroidery design files that the embroidery machines can process. The software has the ability to create color separations, you can modify the stitch type, density, create realistic 3D digital renderings of your embroidery designs and prepare your files for stitching.
CRICUT DESIGN SPACE
Conference table and meeting space
Magnetic, portable dry-erase boards (available for checkout)
Misc. conductive and reactive materials
Panoramic LCD screen display
Misc. Electronic tools components
5 Arduino Uno microprocessing boards (Available for Checkout)
5 Lilypad microprocessing boards (available for checkout)
2 Singer Home Sewing Machines for sewing conductive threads
Strip Cutting Machine
Aprons and Labcoats
Safety Glasses and Gloves
First Aid Kit