The ‘TechStyleLAB’ is located in the Fashion School to support learning/teaching, research and commercial investigation of digital design and production technologies in the fashion context. The goal of the TechStyleLAB is to create a model for exploring more localized, sustainable and creative digital supply chains for the fashion industry. A key impact of the TechStyleLAB concept lies in demonstrating how digital design and manufacturing software/hardware can be used in conjunction with rich media interfaces to create dynamic workflows for the on‐demand production of textile/fashion products.
The TechStyleLAB houses a range of digital output devices, such as two wide format digital textile printer and digital laser cutting machine, a Stoll ADF industrial knitting machine, a digital embroidery machine and a 3D printer all in one collective space to allow for a completely vertical on-demand design/production environment. Along with these output devises the lab also provides access to a flat pattern digitizer for digital pattern input and creation through Optitex software. All these input and output devises in one collective space allows for a completely vertical on-demand design/ production environment. In addition to our existing equipment and our partnership with the School of Art's and Craft/ Textiles are we also have the ability to make use of digitally driven looms.