Technology is an important component of design and product development. Our technologies are not hidden away in a laboratory; they are shared with faculty, students and industry partners, with whom we work on a contractual basis. Accessibility of our technologies is an important component of CMDT.
Makerbot Z18 3D Replicator
The Fused Deposition 3D printer creates realistic prototypes and models for demonstration. The 3D printer is located in Wightman Hall.
Human Solutions VITUS XXL/smart 3D body scanner
The scanner collects 300,000 digital data points from each scanned subject within 15 seconds, creating a virtual image of the scanned subject and over 120 different body measurements. The body scanner is located in the Engineering building.
FLIR Systems ThermoVision A325 infrared imaging system
The A325 infrared imaging system is equipped with an uncooled Vanadium Oxide microbolometer detector that produces thermal images of 320 x 240 pixels, ensuring crisp clean images. The camera can sense temperature differences as small as 50mK, with accuracy.
Thermotron Environmental Systems Walk-in Room Model Environmental Chamber
The environmental chamber has a temperature range of -20 F to +180F and a humidity range of 20% to 95% +/-5% RH. The unit has internal working dimensions of 6'D x 11.5'W x 10'H; more than enough room to accommodate a piece of exercise equipment, a subject, researcher and thermal camera. It is housed in the Engineering Building. CMU Walk-in Chamber Case Study
Wireless Physiological Monitoring and Biofeedback System (Stens Corporation)
Nexus generation instrumentation with high precision sensor technology that provides the ability to measure EMG, EEG, EOG and ECG as well as skin temperature, respiration, heart rate and skin conductance. The unit is mobile.
Sweating Thermal Manikin (Measurement Technology Northwest)
This customized Newton manikin system has 46 independently controlled zones allow for precise temperature and humidity among different subjects, both male and female. The manikin enables the researchers to obtain data related to wet/dry heat loss. The Newton Manikin is located in the Engineering building.
Baby Therman Manikin
Our baby manikin, named Lumi, is approximately the size of a 12-month old child. Lumi is constructed from a thermally conductive carbon-epoxy shell with inside heating elements and temperature sensors. Spherical ball joints are used at the neck, shoulders, and hips, with single-flexure joints at the knees and elbows. All testing with Lumi must occur within an environmental chamber that can control heat and humidity while keeping air velocity at a minimum. Learn more about Lumi.
Sweating Guarded Hotplate (Measurement Technology Northwest)
The Hotplate produces accurate, repeatable measurements of the thermal resistance and vapor permeability of textiles. An adjustable height airflow hood easily accommodates a variety of sample thicknesses. The Sweating Guarded Hotplate is located in the Engineering Building.
Textest Instruments FX3300 LabAir IV Permeability Machine
The FX3300 Air Permeability tester's sturdy clamping mechanism and quick release locking feature ensure accurate support for specimens during testing. The automatic measuring range control eliminate a source of error and allows best possible reproducibility of the test from cycle to cycle.
Gerber AccuScan Digitizer and AccuMark Software
The Gerber digitizing and patterning software allows apparel product developers to digitize final patterns for production purposes such as grading, nesting, printing and cutting.
This lab utilizes industry standardized software including: CAD design and technical design software, 3D visualization software, a product data management system, color matching software, and a variety of web creation software. The CAD lab is located in Wightman Hall.
Apparel Production Laboratory
This lab contains the equipment necessary for apparel design, functional design, pattern making, construction, fit evaluation, garment quality and construction analysis. This lab is located in Wightman Hall.
Textile Testing Laboratory
The Fashion Merchandising and Design program maintains a textile testing laboratory in Wightman Hall that provides students and faculty with a variety of textile testing equipment, including several pieces of ASTM and AATCC standardized equipment for performance testing. An environmental chamber ensures that all testing is done under proper environmental conditions.
The Computer Science Department houses two multimedia computer labs, with 25 Windows 10 desktops in the first lab and 30 Windows 10 desktops in the second lab. Both labs contain Adobe Suite software (DreamWeaver, Photoshop) and open source tools like GIMP and Audacity. They also contain Unity, 3DSMax, Maya and Blender as well as other multimedia development software. The 30 seat lab contains high end GeForce graphics cards for multimedia and game development.