# AutoCAD for Apparel Industry Jimmy K.C. Lam Institute of Textiles & Clothing.

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AutoCAD for Apparel Industry Jimmy K.C. Lam Institute of Textiles & Clothing

What is AutoCAD  A Computer-Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) tool designs for interior design, architecture and engineering.  More and more clothing manufacturers are using AutoCAD as it is affordable, running on PCs and is a multipurpose tool.

AutoCAD in Apparel Industry  AutoCAD is a vector-based drawing, all the drawing is based on X, Y co-ordinate (2D or 3D).  It is highly accuracy, ability to work in full scale (zoom in/out), rework design ideas and make changes instantly.  Ability to make complex calculations. (after all, all design in AutoCAD is based on mathematics formula).

Application areas  Sketch  It is a conceptual process, art work for design purpose.  Pattern making  A technical drawing with measurements, seam allowance for garment making  Grading Patterns  A modification of pattern making for different sizes based on grading rules  Making Markers  A process to arrange all fabric pieces (front/back/sleeve) with different sizes (S/M/L/XL) on cutting table for cutting

Questions  Discuss how AutoCAD can be applied in these four areas (sketching, pattern making, grading and marker making) in Clothing Production

Modification of sleeve based on AutoCAD

Maker Making based on AutoCAD. All drawing in AutoCAD is based on mathematics. All cut piece areas Are calculated immediately and maximum fabric utilization

Marker Making process. First arrange the large piece on the cutting table. Second arrange the small piece to fill in the gap

Product Specification (trouser) Based on AutoCAD drawing

Guess the fabric utilization based on circles in this drawing? AutoCAD calculates the area of each circle and subtract it from the total area of cutting table. The utilization in this example is 78%

The utilization of this fabric based on square is 93% The black square is wastage in this example

A typical drawing uses by AutoCAD Mechanical Drawing