Iowa State’s apparel, merchandising, and design program is one of few such programs in the nation where undergraduates have access to technologies including a digital textile printer, 3-D body scanner, laser cutter, and computerized embroidery equipment. The Digital Textile Design and Printing Studio in LeBaron Hall houses about $75,000 of this equipment.
The Product Development Technology and Testing Lab includes an environmental room for testing products on human subjects, a sweating guarded hotplate to measure wet and dry thermal resistance, Kato’s Kawabata System to measure mechanical properties of textiles, and other textile testing equipment.
In addition, a textile lab in LeBaron 2092 was recently renovated to house equipment related to developing prototypes related to functional or creative apparel design research. The space includes a variety of sewing machines, knitting machines, and a long-arm quilting machine used to create prototypes. It also houses a large cutting table with interchangeable surfaces suitable for pattern making and cutting out various types of fabrics.