Digital Pattern Cutting
Computer Pattern Cutting Tuition.
(44) The London Pattern Cutter has teamed up with an established digital pattern cutting service in Essex, in order to provide our clients with one to one or paired digital pattern cutting tuition.
Your Tutor, Keith has thirty years experience as a pattern cutter, and has a thorough understanding of both manual and digital pattern cutting, and digital CAD/CAM software systems.
These classes are invaluable for beginners, fashion graduates, and established professionals alike. You can choose to book any amount of classes, whether a complete course, a four hour introductory session, or refresher classes.
Learning digital pattern cutting is fast becoming essential, even for very small fashion businesses. Many factories, both in the UK and abroad, require digital patterns and grades.
Learn how to draft and modify your own pattern blocks digitally on computer. Draft and store as many different blocks as you need.
In reality, professional pattern cutters do not generally work from basic blocks. They build up a library of patterns, and work from the most appropriate previous style.
Some types of garment will use the same trims over a range of styles. A tailored jacket may have forty to fifty pieces, most of which will not change from style to style. Manual pattern cutting would require drafting, annotating, and cutting out every one of those pieces.
This is where computer patterns really come into their own. You can either print off all the relevant pieces from that previous style, and work on it manually, before re-digitising. Or you can modify the pattern on the computer, and print out the complete pattern for sampling.
Scanning And Digitising.
Learn how to scan and digitise a physical pattern so that it is available as a digital file on computer.
Gerber Accumark Pattern Design System.
Gerber plotters and digitisers help you turn design ideas into patterns. Keith uses the popular Gerber pattern system – PDS V12.1, along with V9, Acumark, SP120 plotter, and Accuscan.
As these are 1-1 classes, you will receive Keith’s full attention with your tuition. Classes are very flexible, and tailored specifically to your own requirements.
Using pattern design tools1
Marker Making Software.
Learn how to use the marker making software, and to export patterns in a Gerber, zip or DXF formats.
What Is CAD / CAM ?
Cad / Cam is the integration of Computer Aided Design ( CAD ) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM ).
Advantages Of Digital Patterns.
Manual pattern cutting will always be here. But digital pattern cutting has a number of very great advantages that go way beyond just making patterns.
Once digitised, patterns can be easily manipulated, changed and modified. They can be copied, printed or exported at the touch of a button.
Areas that are covered in your classes can include computer aided design, pattern cutting, grading, lay planning, and digitising.
In order to fully understand computer pattern cutting, it is essential to also form an understanding of manual pattern cutting and garment construction. We run manual pattern classes at our Greenwich, and our Walthamstow facilities.
Patterns are created in 2D in order to produce a 3D garment. When you work on a flat pattern, or on a computer screen, you are working in 2D. When you work manually, using a stand, you are working in 3D. Combining those two elements results in expertly cut patterns.
Creating Digital Files.
Accuscan is a an automated high speed digitising system. Patterns are captured using a high quality digital camera, large format scanner, or desktop scanner.
In order to make a digital pattern you will either start from a basic style already in the pattern library, or you will need to turn a physical pattern into a digital file by plotting and scanning it. Digitising
Pattern Cutting Software.
Keith has been in the UK fashion industry for thirty years. He has a vast amount of experience of both manual pattern cutting and computer pattern cutting.