Lab capabilities include scanning and digitizing patterns into the computer, determining
the weight and drape of fabric using the Katabata system, designing garments, plotting
pattern pieces and creating marker files to be cut and then sewn in the Sewn Products Lab.
Gerber's Yunique Product Lifestyle Management (PLM) allows students to create tech
packs manufacturers need for mass production. Students also have the opportunity to
create garments in 3D by placing them on an avatar to simulate and evaluate model
fit before they ever begin to sew a sample together. The 3D body scanner (housed outside
of the lab) takes measurements used to create an avatar model, which are then uploaded
to the Gerber system to determine size and fit.