aut textile and design lab
Our knitting technology and programming software enables the lab to develop a wide range of knitted garments, wearable technologies, accessories, footwear and non-apparel products for multiple applications. Our students and commercial partners span a broad range of disciplines including fashion design, textile design, spatial design and architecture, visual art, creative technology, engineering and robotics. Images of our students’ work produced at the Textile and Design Lab illustrate the diversity of what this technology can offer:
Colin Anderson (B Creative Technologies) ‘Physiowear’ – wearable technology
Finn Godbolt (M Art + Design) ‘Knitted paintings’ – exploring the potential of colour in knit
Jess Hadwin (B Des – Textile Design) ‘Entwine’ – knitted interior textiles
wHO AM I?
The Textile and Design Lab has 6 state of the art Shima Seiki Apex 3 Design Systems that provide design, pattern making, 3D visualisation and knit programming software. The Apex 3 is often regarded as the most advanced knit-related system on the global market. The lab has 4 Shima Seiki knitting machines capable of jacquard, intarsia, inlay and WholeGarment® (seamless) knitting ranging from 5 – 14 gauge. As well as supporting our students, the lab works extensively with commercial partners to research and develop innovative knitted products using a wide range of technical, conductive and natural fibre yarns. Short courses using the Shima Seiki Knit Design and 3D Visualisation software are also on offer.