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Apparel Technology Lab

Apparel Technology Lab Virginia Tech

The Apparel Technology Lab houses a variety of cutting-edge equipment, including a 3D body scanner from Sizestream, Snapmaker’s 3D printer, and Lectra’s digitizer and plotter. Students also have access to the latest fashion-focused software such as the 3D design software Vstitcher, which will be available later in Spring 2023.

These technologies enable students to develop knowledge and skills for future careers in leading fashion companies.

Sizestream’s 3D body scanner (SS20)

Sizestream’s 3D body scanner captures over 240 body measurements in 6 seconds. Using the body measurements extracted from the 3D body scanner, customized 3D avatars can be created in fashion computer-aided software, such as Browzwear’s Vstitcher.

Possible research projects using the 3D body scanner include:

  • 3D product design and development for apparel
  • 3D printing
  • Apparel sizing and fit
  • Body shape analysis/categorization
  • Customized apparel
  • Health/medical and fitness
  • Sizing survey (SizeUSA, SizeUS)

Snapmaker’s 3D printer (A350)

Snapmaker is a modular 3-in-1 3D printer that allows one machine to complete 3D printing, laser engraving, cutting, and CNC carving with interchangeable modules. It can 3D print, engrave and cut objects in high resolution with high accuracy and repeatability.

Lectra’s Digitizer (CalComp Model 811) and Plotter (Alyes 30+)

With its board (44”x 80”), the digitizer can digitize garment patterns from papers to digitally editable patterns. The digitized garment patterns can then be imported and revised in fashion computer-aided software, such as Browzwear’s Vstitcher.

An inkjet plotter is used to draw and cut garment patterns up to 1.83m wide.

Browzwear’s Vstitcher Software (coming soon!)

Browzwear's Vstitcher software allows students to create and modify garment patterns and then simulate them in realistic 3D prototypes functioning as accurate digital samples. The 3D garment simulation visualizes fabric draping and virtual fitting on a 3D avatar.

Many of the world’s biggest fashion brands, including Adidas, Columbia, Nike, Lululemon, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and more, are using Vstitcher in their current production processes.