Alternative Pattern-making 3D Design Software

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2018-01-01
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Aflatoony, Lida
Romine, Abby
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International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

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The purpose of this project was to explore alternative design software that allows 3D designs to easily convert into 2D patterns for apparel production. The 3D design software programs explored for this project include CAD software Rhinoceros (Rhino) and 3D Studio Max (3DsMax). In comparison to software such as Optitex, Modaris 3D Lectra, and other pattern-making software, these alternatives may be more accessible to design students, present a user-friendly interface, allow a more abstract approach in design creativity, and provide the interdisciplinary value beneficial for projects that may evolve into 3D printing. Although learning the professional pattern-making software is essential for apparel design students entering the apparel industry, these software programs, however, are not accessible to many students outside of their institution or working context. Learning alternative design software assists students to not being detached from the technology while being outside of the didactic or industry circumstances.

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