BSc Fashion Technology / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATS34601
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 6
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Materials
Available as a free choice unit? No


Students will be introduced to advanced software for human measurement and custom product development as well as the principles and protocols necessary for creating a scalable system.


The unit aims to: 

provide a working knowledge of 3D weaving and 3D knitting processes and CAD for weaving and knitting, advanced yarn manufacturing, and to introduce advanced CAD/CAM for converting 2D fabrics to 3D products based on Lectra CAD/CAM systems.

Learning outcomes

A greater depth of the learning outcomes are covered in the following sections:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Intellectual skills
  • Practical skills
  • Transferable skills and personal qualities


Teaching and learning methods

This unit will make use of a variety of learning and teaching processes including lectures (14 hours), workshops (8 hours), laboratory classes (7 hours) and independent study. Students will develop their critical understanding of advanced manufacturing technologies.

Information on the coursework is available in the assessment brief of this unit handbook. Details about progression through the coursework will be delivered in Lecture 1 of the unit and continually in the practice-based sessions.

Blackboard will be used to present lecture notes, guided reading, articles and other information.

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate with regard to applications a knowledge of techniques used in advanced manufacturing.
  • apply techniques for advanced manufacturing in the creation of specific bespoke products.
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of woven and knitting fabric structures and their relation to advanced manufacturing techniques;
  • illustrate a knowledge and understanding of a range of CAD systems used in advanced manufacturing

Intellectual skills

  • develop advanced practical skills in relation to 3D technologies for product development;
  • appreciate the analytical content in textile subjects;
  • demonstrate skills necessary to interpret, analyse and draw conclusions from weave and knit structures, and their manufacture into products on appropriate machinery;
  • translate effectively the product specification to realise custom products using advanced manufacturing.

Practical skills

  • operate a range of advanced equipment under supervision, and observe the demonstration of running machinery;
  • operate a range of CAD systems;
  • write cogent reports based on the Experimental work carried out with CAD equipment.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • solve problems;
  • demonstrate numeric skills.  

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

Feedback methods

Written and oral


Recommended reading

Books and Reports

  • Anderson DR, Sweeney DJ, Williams TA, 2015, Quantitative Methods for Business, 13th ed, Chapter 13 PERT CPM, CENGAGE Learning Custom Publishing, ISBN 1305631536.
  • Gill, S. 2015. A review of research and innovation in garment sizing, prototyping and fitting. Textile Progress. 47(1), pp.1–85.
  • Grice, P. 2019. Digital Pattern Cutting for Fashion with Lectra Modaris. London, UK: Bloomsbury.
  • Heagney J, 2016, Fundamentals of Project Management, 5th Edition, AMACOM Division of American Management Association International, ISBN : 9780814437377.
  • Stott, M. 2012. Pattern cutting for clothing using CAD: How to use Lectra Modaris pattern cutting software. Cambridge, UK: Woodhead Publishing.

Journal Papers

  • Kang, J.M. and Kim, E. 2012. e-Mass customisation apparel shopping¿: effects of desire for unique consumer products and perceived risk on purchase intentions. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education. 5(2), pp.91–103.
  • Martin JD, Petty JW, and Wallace JS, 2009, Value–Based Management with Corporate Social Responsibility, Print ISBN-13: 9780195340389, Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009, DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340389.001.0001
  • Mpampa, M.L., Azariadis, P.N. and Sapidis, N.S. 2010. A new methodology for the development of sizing systems for the mass customization of garments. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology. 22(1), pp.49–68.
  • Tao, X. and Bruniaux, P. 2013. toward advanced three-dimensional modeling of garment prototype from draping technique. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology. 25(4), pp.266–283.
  • Ulrich, P. V, Anderson-connell, L.J. and Wu, W. 1991. Consumer co-design of apparel for mass customization. Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. 7(4), pp.398–412.
  • Yan, J. and Kuzmichev, V.E. (2020), “A virtual e-bespoke men’s shirt based on new body measurements and method of pattern drafting”, Textile Research Journal, Vol. 90 No. 19–20, pp. 2223–2244.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 180

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Simeon Gill Unit coordinator

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