The department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising boasts several amenities for our students. Each of the below is available for our students to use during their educational tenure with us.

TAM 3D Printing

Location: HUEC 137

The 3D printer allows students to create apparel related items with the use of 3D CAD and print out the object.

TAM Apparel Production Lab

Location: HUEC 244

The apparel production lab in the Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising is furnished with all the equipment students need to produce quality apparel designs.  The lab houses Juki industrial sewing machines, and sergers.  In addition, several domestic sewing machines and sergers are also for students.  There are also three industrial leather sewing machines for constructing heavy-duty garments and more specifically for sewing alligator leather garments.  Over twenty dressforms are available for student use, including male dressforms.

Production lab with sewing machines

Production lab with view of tables

Production lab with close up of sewing machines

TAM Body Scanning Lab

Location: HUEC 137

The Body Scanning Lab, located in the Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising at LSU, houses a state of the art 3-D, 4-D Size Stream body scanner with enhanced software.

The body scanner uses infrared depth sensors to scan the complete body and record 400 measurements in less than 6 seconds while producing a true-to-scale body avatar that is accurate to within +/- 3mm.  When used in the motion capture mode a 4-D true-to-scale avatar is created from 1.5 million data points which maps the body and permits researchers to examine incremental changes that occur in the body and apparel during movement.     

Body scanning technology is used in various industries for:

  • Anthropometric studies
  • Apparel sizing standards development
  • Body shape analysis
  • 3-D product development, including the apparel, automotive, and equipment industries
  • 3-D apparel printing
  • Apparel development and testing of protective uniforms for industrial workers, law enforcement, fire fighters, and military
  • Ergonomic studies
  • Kinesiology studies
  • Animations and graphics
  • Medical applications
  • Health and fitness management
  • Computer gaming 

Body scanner booth

Figures scanned by the body scanner

Person standing in body scanner

Photo Studio

Location: HUEC 346

The photo studio is available to all TAM students and faculty free of charge to photograph garments and accessories for their portfolio, competition submissions, research, publication, and class projects.

The TAM department has provided a background suitable for full length photos, a slant board, photographic lights, and a tripod. Students must bring their own camera.

To schedule time to use the photo studio contact:

Erica Woolard, Administrative Coordinator
125 Human Ecology

Rules for Use

  • The studio available only to students and faculty currently enrolled or employed in the TAM department. It is not for commercial use.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the photo studio.
  • Equipment is not to be removed from the room.
  • Students are to report any equipment failures to Mrs. Woolard on the day it occurs.
  • Studio time is scheduled on a first come first served basis.
  • Remove shoes when working in studio and do not walk on backdrop. Model shoe soles must be taped to avoid soiling the backdrop.  

Photographer using photo lab

Photo lab set up

Computer Lab

Location: HUEC 136

The Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising’s computer lab is outfitted with:

  • 24 workstations
  • Mockshop-Visual Retailing

Technology Lab

Location: HUEC 152

The Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising’s Technology lab is outfitted with:

  • 24 workstations
  • 48 X 67 inch digitizer
  • Color pattern printers
  • State of the art multimedia classroom equipment

Students have access to the latest industry software including: Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Silverlight, Optitex 2D/3D pattern drafting and simulation software, Lectra’s Kaledo, Modaris, Diamino, Visual Retailing, and Evolution RIP Textile Design Software.

Textile Printing Machine

Location: HUEC 151

The Mimaki TX 300 has the ability to print original textile designs onto a large number of fibers such as silk, wool, cotton, and more. Students use this machine to create textile prints that can be sewn into their own designs.


Textile Knitting Machines

Location: HUEC 151

The Shima Seiki system offers a sustainable and effective way of making versatile knitted textile products through powerful computer simulations and digital controlled needle movements. The knitting system can produce functional products and embed wearable technologies with unique yarns, such as conductive, elastic, UV sensitive, and thermochromic yarns. TAM implements the use of the system in both undergraduate and graduate courses.

Textile Science Testing Laboratory

Locations: HUEC 246

Interdisciplinary teaching and research activities: science, chemistry and engineering of textile materials from fibers to finite products. A temperature/humidity conditioning room controlled for standard parameters (70 ± 1C & 65% RH) is available for testing of textile materials. ASTM and AATCC standard methods are observed for undergraduate and graduate classes on characterization of natural and synthetic polymers and textile materials, with specific instrumentation associated to these aims, such as:

  • Characterization of fibers by optical microscopy
    Polarized light microscopy for advanced investigations of liquid crystalline phases
  • Determination of tensile properties (ASTM Standard Test Method 5034-09)
  • Determination of tearing strength (ASTM Standard Test Method 1424-09)
  • Determination of abrasion resistance (ASTM Standard Test Method 3884-09)
  • Appearance after laundering (AATCC Test Method 124 2006) and Wrinkle recovery angle of woven fabrics (AATCC Test Method 66 2003)
  • Dynamic mechanical spectrometer for advanced analyses of semi-crystalline polymers
  • High torque and elongational rheometers for investigations of fiber forming polymers
  • Dynamic shear rheology of viscoelastic polymeric materials
 Lab equipment being used

TAM Sewing Lab

Location: HUEC 344

Students have access to our sewing lab during building hours, but do need to check in and check out with the building coordinator. 

Erica Woolard, Administrative Coordinator
125 Human Ecology

Sewing equipment

Sewing lab tables

Machines in sewing lab