Not only is fashion constantly evolving, but so is the technology that makes fashion a reality. 

ASU CareerCatalyst is excited to announce the launch of two new programs, 3D Digital Prototyping with Optitex and Digital Patternmaking with Optitex, a digital drafting and 3D-prototyping software program. These programs provide learners with no previous knowledge and advanced learners a more in-depth understanding of technical design, best practices for using Optitex, and how to get the most from a photo-realistic prototype.

Innovation at ASU Is Having Impact in Fashion

ASU’s program has a diverse faculty with a range of specialties, industry experience, and broad professional networks, as well as a brand new facility at Fusion on First with a fashion fabrication lab equipped with high-end machines and access to cutting-edge software. There has been a seismic shift in the way fashion is developed, produced, bought, and sold. 

Alex Snyder, a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in Fashion Technology and an industry expert in digital design technologies, cultivated a partnership with Optitex. This software uniquely allows users of all abilities to seamlessly shift their designs from the digital sphere to the 3-dimensional world with less waste and more accuracy. Our students are now early access users, getting first-hand experience with this cutting-edge industry software.

To Pattern Make or To Prototype

Developed at ASU's FIDM and in partnership with ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, these programs can be taken together or as individual certificates. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll learn in each program:

Fashion work requires the creation of precise, well-fitting garment patterns — something now made easier using cutting-edge software. With the help of Digital Patternmaking with Optitex, you can master the fundamentals of pattern drafting, from basic skirts, bodices, trousers and more. Realistic views of these designs in 3D as well as 2D can help you save time and resources while allowing you more creativity and room to experiment.


Digital Patternmaking

  • Drafting complicated garments including a-symmetrical designs.
  • Understanding the difference between 3D and 2D patterns.
  • Appropriate use around grading and implementing measurement charts.
  • Editing patterns for fit, balance, and proportion.
  • Producing industry tech packs with measurement specs, sample sheets, ad instructions for the recreation and construction of the pattern.

Fashion prototyping in 3D software can accelerate the design process, reduce material waste and foster creative experiments from designers. Explore various techniques such as folding, zippers and specific stitch patterns to achieve better fit, function and aesthetic. You’ll also discover how Optitex can refine your designs with enhancements and finishing techniques. 

3D Digital Prototyping

  • Create prototypes that can be used in marketing and sales channels.
  • Define the tools and techniques used in 3D patternmaking.
  • Understand how to visually interpret physical properties of fabrics and styles within a digital environment.
  • Refine garments for fit, movement, and practicality. 
  • Apply 3D techniques to garments in order to make them viable digital products.
  • Sew, fit, and enhance garments using Optitex to understand construction and improve accuracy in designing various woven and knitted products.

These pathways are designed to cater to a broad spectrum of learners, from those with no previous knowledge to advanced users of Optitex. Whether you're just starting or seeking to further your expertise, both courses pave the way for advancing in digital-based roles within the industry.

If you’re interested in enhancing your digital design skills, these programs will keep you up to date with the latest technology. 3D Digital Prototyping with Optitex and Digital Patternmaking with Optitex are now available — build your skills and get to creating with ASU CareerCatalyst.