Electronics For Imaging (EFI, Fremont, California) has donated a number of Optitex 2D/3D design software licenses for students and faculty members at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design in Richmond, British Columbia. The donation was part of EFI’s “ongoing commitment to empower knowledge and help provide critical skills for the next generation work force in the fashion and apparel industry.” EFI Optitex is one of the world’s leading integrated 2D and 3D CAD/CAM apparel platform technologies. It allows users to visualize and perfect garments before cutting or sewing the first piece of fabric, offering rapid prototyping for faster time to market.
The donation of this intuitive software gives students the necessary skills to enter the textiles and apparel industry, and to become change ambassadors for the industry as it continues on its digital transformation journey. Students and faculty will also have access to the Optitex eLearning site, which features user-friendly training materials, videos and webinar recordings that provide job-specific training for pattern-makers, marker makers, technical designers, 3D designers and more across 10 different Optitex technologies.
“EFI Optitex is proud to work with educational institutions such as the Wilson School of Design to promote knowledge and empower industry professionals,” said EFI Optitex General Manager Amir Lehr. “Moreover, as fashion design goes increasingly digital, access to EFI Optitex software solutions will provide students with the requisite skills to hit the ground running as they start their new careers in fashion. We’re pleased to be able to provide this advanced capability to this prestigious institute, and to help ensure the right skill set for the next-generation workforce.”
The Wilson School of Design prepares students for an exciting, dynamic future in modern graphic design, fashion, product design, technical apparel, fashion marketing and interior design. Drawn from a diverse background, the faculty are passionate about inspiring and guiding future designers and come from a wide range of industry segments. “We’re grateful to EFI Optitex for partnering with us and providing this generous donation,” said Wilson School of Design Associate Dean Andhra Goundrey. “We’re dedicated to providing our students with access to the latest tools and technology they will encounter once they graduate. This donation is an important addition to our curriculum and our ability to deliver on our educational goals.”